Leadership

PROMPT MUTUAL AID PREVENTS POSSIBLE PEABODY CONFLAGRATION

Issue 9 and Volume 104.

PROMPT MUTUAL AID PREVENTS POSSIBLE PEABODY CONFLAGRATION Four Hour Struggle Made Difficult by Loss of Communications and Falling Wires A Staff Report THE heart of the business district of Peabody, Mass., was endangered on August 4 when fire, whipped by a strong wind, destroyed a grain warehouse, a leather tannery and badly damaged two other structures, causing loss estimated at $300,000. The general alarm fire, which is being investigated by the state fire marshal’s office, was only prevented from wiping out the entire tannery section of the city, as it is termed, by the efforts of fire fighters from six communities and the local department directed by Deputy Chief Timothy B. Roche in the absence of Fire Chief Arthur C. Flynn, on vacation. Buildings totally destroyed were the combustible 100-year old 2 1/2-story frame structure of the M. H. Ellis Grain Co., 19 Walnut st. which was stocked with $80,000…

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