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Exhibit examines firefighter rescue efforts in 35W bridge collapse

A new museum exhibit that captures the response of Minneapolis firefighters to the I-35W bridge collapse in 2007 opens Saturday at the Firefighters Hall & Museum in northeast Minneapolis.

The exhibit, “81 MINUTES: After the Bridge Collapsed,” looks at how firefighters responded to the bridge disaster, from the moment of the first call to dispatchers until the last survivor was removed from the bridge. It took 81 minutes.

The exhibit has stories about responders working in five locations: the north side, the south side, the 10th Avenue bridge, on the river, and in the dispatch center.

Jean Kidd, a Minneapolis firefighter and trustee of the Firefighters Hall & Museum said: “Anyone who remembers that day will find meaning in reliving the events through the eyes of its rescuers.”

Thirteen people died and 145 were injured when the bridge over the Mississippi River collapsed during the evening rush hour on Aug. 1, 2007.

A replacement bridge was opened in September, 2008.

The 30-year-old Firefighters Hall & Museum is at 664 22nd Ave. NE. It features fire rigs and artifacts. Summer hours are Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.

Admission prices: Adults, $6; seniors (65+), $5; and children (3-12), $3.

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