1915 Peabody (MA) School Fire: ‘Had There Been Proper Fire Escapes…’

Last Sunday, October 28, marked the anniversary of the tragic 1915 St. John’s parochial school fire in Peabody, Massachusetts; 21 students perished. See the contemporary articles in Fire and Water Engineering , HERE, HERE, HERE (article on Williamsburgh factory fire HERE), and HERE. While researching this fire, I discovered numerous articles and news items concerning the city. Check out the links below to see some fire service history of Peabody. What about your local fire history? Explore our archives to find out where and when your town may have appeared in the pages of Fire Engineering. 


1909: Big Factory Fire in Peabody




1916: Leather Plant Totally Destroyed at Peabody




1919: Inspectors Recommend Increase in Force

1925: Massachusetts Towns Suffer Water Shortage

1937: Chiefs Elect Mahoney of Peabody

1953: Peabody Threatened by Fire Resulting From Chemical Blast


1961: Apparatus and Station Destroyed by Fire

2003: National Program Aids Fire Departments

2013: NIOSH Releases Report on MA Firefighter Killed in Fire at Multi-Family

2016: Fire Ravages Peabody (MA) Foam Manufacturer

2016: Peabody Fire May Not Fully Be Put Out For Days, Chief Says

2017: MA Firefighters Acquire Drone for Major Incidents