Captain Frederick Niessen

Photo of Captain Frederick Niessen
Last Call: Fri, Apr 4th, 1879
Date of Incident: Fri, Apr 4th, 1879
Cause of Death: Structural Collapse
Service Time: Not Known
Age: Not Known




The fire that claimed the life of Captain Niessen destroyed an entire city block boarded by Fourth and Fifth Streets and Washington Avenue and Saint Charles. A collapse occurred while several firefighters were on the roof attempting to get hoselines into positon. Firefighter Billy Ruetz also died in the incident.


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