On This Date In Twin Cities History - December 23, 1956
On this date in 1956, fire engulfs a portion of the Eitel (Doctors Memorial) Hospital in Minneapolis killing eight people. The fire was caused by a decorated Christmas tree that ignited, setting off a flash fire lasting only 10 minutes. The Eitel Hospital, located across from Loring Park, was founded in 1912 by Dr. George G. Eitel, serving wealthy residents of the city. In 1982 it became affiliated with Abbott Northwestern, and finally closed in 1985. The building was later used by the Willow Street Center for Youth and Families, and then by Allina for offices. In 2006, the building was renovated and converted into condominiums. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Eitel Hospital building Minneapolis circa 1912 (MHS)