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Event planned to recall 1896 fire that killed firefighters

July 11, 2021 GMT

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — More than a century later, two cities in southwestern Michigan will hold a Labor Day ceremony to remember the firefighters who were killed in the Yore Opera House fire.

The event will begin at a monument at Crystal Springs Cemetery in Benton Harbor and then move to Lake Bluff Park in St. Joseph. A program will also be held at Morton House Museum.

“This will be a fabulous event,” St. Joseph Mayor Mike Garey said.

At least 11 firefighters from St. Joseph and Benton Harbor were killed when walls collapsed at the opera house on Sept. 6, 1896. A 12th firefighter died four days later.

The names of the deceased will be read, 125 years to the day after the fire, The Herald-Palladium reported.

The cause was never determined.