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Hudson, Mass. Nursing Home Fire Takes Nine Lives

Issue 5 and Volume 116.

Hudson, Mass. Nursing Home Fire Takes Nine Lives TRAGEDY struck the town of Hudson, Mass., (population 8,500) on December 20, with the horror of an early morning fire in the St. Jude Nursing Home. Privately operated for aged and invalid patients, it was located on Church Street just outside the mercantile district and about a twominute run from fire headquarters. The building involved was typical of many of these occupancies. Originally a large 10-room, single-family, frame dwelling, it had been converted for use as a nursing home in 1951. In 1955 a six-room addition was built onto the rear and at the time of the fire a major remodeling project was in progress, which included another addition to the rear east side. The work of remodeling was being done under the direction of a competent architect of long experience. In addition to the periodic inspections of the building inspector, Fire…

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