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BOSTON FREIGHT SHED FIRE CAUSES MILLION DOLLAR LOSS

Issue 10 and Volume 94.

BOSTON FREIGHT SHED FIRE CAUSES MILLION DOLLAR LOSS Largest Fire in Thirty Years Brings in Help from Neighboring Cities BOSTON’s worst fire in thirty years, which occurred on September 18, 1941, destroyed four freight sheds and badly damaged several other buildings. No lives were lost although twelve persons were injured. Starting at the height of the evening rush, the fire spread rapidly through the wooden sheds with such intensity that 7,000 feet of hose were lost. Five alarms were quickly sounded, being followed soon by calls for the off-platoon and outside aid. A Metropolitan Aid Call, the first ever to be sent, was transmitted by police teletype. Apparatus was sent both to the fire and to the vacant Boston stations. The off shifts of the Boston Police Department were also recalled to maintain fire lines. Soldiers, sailors, marines and coast guardsmen also responded. This gave a total of 57 engines,…

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