Leadership

Conflagration Threatens Entire Dorchester Section of Boston

Issue 10 and Volume 117.

Conflagration Threatens Entire Dorchester Section of Boston Based on the official Boston Fire Department report, provided through the courtesy of Acting Fire Chief John E. Clougherty BOSTON’S greatest concentration of apparatus and men in this century occurred on the afternoon of May 22nd when fire roared through the Dorchester section of the city, destroying 17 frame dwellings and damaging scores of others. Before the struggle was over 650 fire fighters had been engaged, 150 of them from mutual aid companies outside the city. Several autos were also destroyed, bringing the damage to $750,000. The fire originated on the rear porch, first floor, in an overstuffed chair at 20 Bellflower Street. It had apparently burned for some time undetected and then lapped into the adjoining asphalt shingle wall. Fanned by a stiff breeze, it immediately extended to No. 24. First report of the fire reached the Boston dispatcher by telephone at…

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