Four Alarms Sounded for Church Fire

Issue 1 and Volume 87.

Four Alarms Sounded for Church Fire The First Church in Malden, Mass., Congregational, was destroyed by fire on December 13 in a blaze which is believed to have started from an overheated furnace. When the first alarm was sounded at 2:11 a.m., dense clouds of smoke and a crackling sound indicated that the flames had already eaten into the walls and were traveling upward to the cock loft under the roof of the large frame edifice, which was erected seventy years ago. A second alarm was ordered at 2:15; a third alarm at 2:20; and a fourth at 3:06. The Malden firemen were directed by Chief William J. Dooling, Deputy Chief L. A. Keddie, Deputy Chief William R. Moran, and Deputy Chief Arthur E. Miller. Under the mutual aid system, apparatus responded from Medford, Melrose, Revere, and Everett direct to the fire while two companies from Everett and one from…

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