Leadership

“17 Buildings Destroyed, 9 Damaged by Lynn, Mass., Conflagration”

Issue 1 and Volume 135.

17 Buildings Destroyed, 9 Damaged by Lynn, Mass., Conflagration features “It’s a whopper doozer of a fire,” said a deputy chief who came to help from more than 20 miles away. He described the Lynn, Mass., conflagration about as well as anyone could. The fire was discovered in an unoccupied building in an old section of Lynn at 2:35 a.m last Nov. 28. Within 17 minutes, the eight-story building was fully involved and a seventh alarm had been struck. Two minutes later, flames jumped a street and ignited another eight-story structure. “It’s war, really,” said a chief from another mutual-aid department. And an army assembled to fight it—600 fire fighters and 150 pieces of apparatus from about 80 departments. All 104 responding engines pumped at one time or another. Before it was stopped, the fire destroyed 17 buildings—five of them eight stories high—and heavily damaged nine others. “It’s like watching…

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