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Photo gallery: Texas A&M Bonfire

Photo gallery: Texas A&M Bonfire

From the Stories from the 1999 bonfire collapse series
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A look back at some of the images from the aftermath of the Nov. 18, 1999, bonfire collapse that killed 12 Aggies on the Texas A&M campus and the dedication of the Bonfire Memorial.

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Holding the attention of hundreds of children and teenagers is no easy task for many adults. On a cool October weekday, John Comstock had scores of Allen Academy students and staff members captivated as he told the story of being trapped for seven hours on the morning of Nov. 18, 1999, after the Texas A&M Bonfire collapsed. Twelve Aggies were killed. Comstock was among the 27 injured and was the last survivor pulled from the wreckage. 

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I woke up to my phone ringing early in the morning on Nov. 18, 1999. I was 22 years old and student body president of Texas A&M. It was one of my best friends on the other end of the line who told me the news. I immediately threw on a sweater and ran to the scene, where I saw firsthand the terrible aftermath of the Bonfire collapse. When I got there, I joined my fellow Aggies in trying our best to help organize rescue efforts, but the entire Aggie family lost 12 lives that day that we’ll never get back.

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