Leadership

Beverly Fights Worst Fire

Issue 10 and Volume 107.

Beverly Fights Worst Fire Characterized as the worst fire in the history of Beverly, Mass., a blaze of suspicious origin on Aug. 10 swept the expansive Beverly National Bank and two adjacent buildings, causing an estimated $1 million loss. Twenty-three firemen were injured. The fire, in the Ellis square district, completely ruined two of the city’s banks, the National and Cooperative, wiped out Almy’s, the community’s leading department store, in addition to destroying the new Cor-Nix Rubber Co. and scores of offices and suites of the state public works department and Beverly Chamber of Commerce on the second floor of the row of brick-joist two-story structures. The fire was another example of unstopped sub-roof spaces providing a flue for the flames, which spread faster than fire fighters from a number of communities could cut them off. The general alarm fire was discovered by a member of the Sisters of Notre…

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