Leadership

DELAYED WATER IMPROVEMENT RESULTS IN BIG WESTBORO FIRE

Issue 4 and Volume 100.

DELAYED WATER IMPROVEMENT RESULTS IN BIG WESTBORO FIRE After Years of Warning by Fire Chiefs, Town Suffers $500,000 Loss and Two Industries THE entire town of Westboro, Mass., (6500 population) was threatened by a $500,000 fire on March 4, which totally destroyed two factories employing 600 people, a two-family dwelling and caused serious damage to three filling stations, a diner and the dwelling adjacent to the fire station. Minor damage was caused to several other dwellings and to the fire station itself. The fire started in the picker room of the Wheatly Products Co. engaged in the manufacture of furniture stuffing from discarded Navy rope. This firm occupied part of the old Plymouth Hat Co. plant, a four-story wooden frame structure 140 x 40 feet, located on Philips Street in the most thickly settled part of the town (Plant No. 1 on the accompanying diagram). The alarm was sounded from…

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