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October 27, 1922 – The steam boiler in the Knutsen Brothers Sawmill at the mouth of Petersburg Creek, across Wrangell Narrows from town, exploded at ten minutes past six o’clock Thursday night. No one was hurt in the accident as the Knutsens were in the house just finishing their evening meal. The boiler and fire room, the dry kiln and one lumber shed were wrecked, most of the windows in the big residence house were blown out and lumber, bricks, rocks, iron roofing, and bits of the boiler were scattered for hundreds of yards in every direction. The explosion was plainly heard by practically ev...


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