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Cuyahoga River fires explored at Western Reserve Fire Museum and Education Center

September 28, 2018

Cuyahoga River fires explored at Western Reserve Fire Museum and Education Center

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Western Reserve Fire Museum and Education Center, 310 Carnegie Avenue, will present an illustrated program on Cleveland’s historic river fires and fire boats on September 29 at 2 p.m.

According to museum historian Paul Nelson, the city has had 15 significant fires on the Cuyahoga River since 1868. All resulted from an accumulation of flammable material on the river’s surface.

The most famous fire was the 1969 blaze that made national headlines and spurred environmental reform. But it was also the smallest fire, extinguished in 17 minutes, and the last river fire.

The largest river fire was in 1952 at the Great Lakes Towing Co. that resulted in $1 million worth of property damage.

Admission to the museum is $8 for adults, $5 for children, and kids under 3 are admitted free, as are members.

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