$100,000 Blaze in Somerville
A fire in the Medina Building, a 3-story brick block with stores on the ground floor and apartments above, in Davis Square, Somerville, Mass., caused a loss of $100,000 and the death of one woman from suffocation. The flames spread up air shafts and stairways and through the walls and broke through the roof about 4 hours after the start of the blaze. A general alarm was sounded in Somerville and Engine 4 from Cambridge also worked at the fire. Captain George H. Crosby, of engine 2, Somerville, was injured, and several firemen were partially overcome by smoke. Chief Sewall M. Rich was in charge of department operations.
Chief Edward E. Dahill, of New Bedford, president of the Massachusetts Fire Chiefs’ Club, presided at the March meeting of the organization which was held in the Parker House, Boston. James M. Hardy, of Boston, was elected an honorary member and the following were elected to active membership: Chief Edwin J. Jones, of Bedford; Chief Fred A. Clark, of Attleboro; Chief Harry E. Tuttle, of Concord; Chief H. W. Stewart, of Ashland, N. H.; Fire Commissioner James M. Naughton, of Pittsfield; and Lewis “W. Bills, superintendent of fire alarms, Lexington.
Captain John B. McDonald and Captain S. R. Allen, of the Brookline, Mass., fire department, have been promoted to the ranking of deputy chiefs.
Former Chief Frank Turner, of the Malden, Mass., fire department, and Mrs. Turner recently observed their fiftieth -wedding anniversary.