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From the Fire Engineering Vault: Chelsea (MA) Conflagration

The 1973 Chelsea Fire in Massachusetts occurred 40 years ago this month. The conflagration leveled 18 city blocks, displacing 600 workers and 1,000 residents. See Fire Engineering’s fire report HERE (PDF, 2 MB). Herbert C. Fothergill Sr., the chief of department at the time, was at home that Sunday. He responded in his recently purchased car, parking it within 500 yards of the fire. His son, Chuck Fothergill, discussed the fire. "I was in the military at the time, assigned to Company O Airborne Rangers. I did learn about the fire the next day and had a difficult time imagining that such a large area of the city was burning. Of course, I was very concerned about the family and in part...

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