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SubscriptionsGo to the Subscriptions Centre to manage your:My Profile”All the rest of the other firemen died, perished on that horrible day,” said his niece Colleen Burgess, who remembers her uncle quivering as he told her the story what happened in the Halifax Explosion.”He always wondered why he was the one that was left to survive,” she said. “It was just something unbelievable to him.”When the fire alarm sounded that day, Halifax’s only motorized pumper truck, the Patricia, was among the first to respond. Fire calls to the dockyards were common, but this would be one like no other.In the harbour, the French munitions ship SS Mont Blanc was ablaze after the Norwegian steamship SS Imo had rammed into its side moments before.Mont Blanc’s crew had abandoned ship and was rowing for the Dartmouth shore, fleeing as quickly as possible. They knew of the explosive cargo on board, which included tonnes of picric acid, TNT, guncotton and benzol.Colleen Burgess said her uncle did not want people to forget the Halifax Explosion. (CBC )From the CBC archives: Victims remember the Halifax ExplosionWells was ripped from the driver’s seat and blown a distance away, part of the Patricia’s smashed driving wheel still clutched in his hands.His clothes ripped off, he suffered burns, and the force of the blast tore muscles from his right arm. A tidal wave caused by the explosion carried him away, and he got tangled in telephone wires and almost drowned.”It blew the toes all off me, but I wasn’t so badly hurt. Only it took a hunk out of me arm, that’s all,” Wells said. “I guess there wasn’t room in hell for me.”The charred shell of Halifax’s only motorized pumper truck, the Patricia, after the Halifax Explosion. (Halifax Firefighters Monument Committee)Burgess said her uncle wandered around aimlessly after the explosion: “He said that when he looked up, men and children were hanging off the telegraph wires, and people hanging out the windows with their heads off.”Patricia’s five other crew members died in the blast.Complete coverage of the Halifax Explosion at 100Many other firefighters in the city survived. Thirty firemen and 120 volunteers pushed themselves in the aftermath of the explosion to douse fires all over the city.