BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) – Fire officials in Brockton are seeking out relatives of the 13 firefighters who died in a 1941 blaze at the Strand Theater.

Monday marks the 67th anniversary of the tragedy, the largest documented loss of life by firefighters in a single blaze in state history.

A bronze and granite memorial to the fallen men is scheduled to be unveiled May 10 at City Hall. Deputy Fire Chief George Phillips says the committee overseeing the memorial is attempting to contact as many relatives of the victims as possible so they can attend the unveiling.

The firefighters were killed when a portion of the theater’s roof came crashing down.

An annual remembrance ceremony will be held Monday at City Hall. Among those expected to attend is Ed Burrell, the last surviving firefighter who helped battle the blaze.



Information from: The Enterprise, http://www.enterprisenews.com

AP-ES-03-10-08 0805EDT


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