Firefighters helped evacuate artifacts from Chateau when threated by wildfire
BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) - Medora residents are crediting the quick action of the volunteer fire departments for saving historical buildings.
Employees at the Chateau de Mores said the fire department was able to give them a heads up the fire could potentially spread into town, which gave them an opportunity to gather historic items from the building.
“The firefighters were able to give us about an hour of time to really grab what we needed,” said site supervisor, Anna Killian.
Killian said they were able to gather library books, baby clothes, and Marquis de Mores walking stick before having to evacuate town.
“We were able to pull important documents from our museum and they even helped us evacuate some of the artifacts from the house. Without them it would be rubble,” said Killian.
Some of the firefighters assisted in pulling artifacts from the historic home.
“They created a line, they were passing along our artifacts down the line and loading it into our cars,” said Killian.
Killian said one firefighter told her he would do everything he could to save the Chateau and the town of Medora.
“He looked at me, and he put his hands on my shoulders and he said, ‘I will die before I let the Chateau burn’. And that was adorable, and I’m so glad that he did not have to make that sacrifice, but knowing they had that kind of dedication to saving our town and saving the history, it was a bomb to my heart,” said Killian.
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