Cambridge Deputy Chief Dies at a Fire

Issue 7 and Volume 104.

Cambridge Deputy Chief Dies at a Fire An hour and a half after he had reported for duty at Cambridge, Mass., Fire Headquarters, Acting Deputy Chief James E. Crowley, 48, was killed by smoke inhalation and exertion while fighting a three-alarm fire in the Statler Tissue Co. plant, in Somerville. Starting from some unknown cause, in steel freight cars each containing 50 tons of rolled tissue paper to be converted into facial tissue and other products, the fire spread rapidly and quickly ignited the wooden loading platform, then communicating to the roof of a storage shed, where it entered the packing room of the third floor of the main building to ignite tons of expensive cardboard packing cases. Two separate alarms were sounded almost simultaneously from both the Somerville and Cambridge sides of the two city line, the location of the fire being almost on the boundary of both. For…

Subscribe to unlock this content

Subscribe Now