Ancient Church Building in Pepperell Destroyed
Pepperell, Mass., firemen, under Chief L. P. Shattuck, fought a fire in the old First Parish Unitarian Church, a wooden structure erected about one hundred and sixty years ago, for two hours in intensely cold weather. At about noontime a boy discovered the fire, which started in the rear, at the chimney, and the old wooden construction and the large auditorium afforded opportunity for the fire to rapidly make great headway. Chief Shattuck found the fire had reached the roof. Two hydrants, with sixty pounds pressure, were available, and three hydrant streams were thrown. Eight hundred feet of hose were laid. By hard work Chief Shattuck and his thirty-three firemen prevented total destruction of the old church. The building was valued at $10,000 and the damage amounted to $8,000, while the loss in contents, worth $2,000, was $1,500.