Old Cable Blamed for Fatal Boston Fire

Issue 15 and Volume 80.

Old Cable Blamed for Fatal Boston Fire A short circuit in an old electric cable is believed to have caused the fire which destroyed the residence of William L. Shearer, Jr., at 47 Bay State Road, Boston, Mass., causing the death of four women. The fire had obtained great headway when discovered at 3 a. m. by a newspaper man on his way home from work. The only occupant of the house who escaped was the housekeeper and she was rescued from a window ledge in the nick of time by the first ladder company to reach the scene. Heads Boston List for District Chief—Captain John J. Kenney heads the eligible list in the Boston, Mass., fire department for promotion to rank of district chief.

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