Custom House Stables, Boston, Burn

Custom House Stables, Boston, Burn

A 6-story building, reported to be 104 years old and known as the Custom House Stables, Boston, was recently damaged, and sixty-eight horses were led out to safety. The building is located in a congested section surrounded by much valuable property and covers a space of 80×70 feet. It faces a street forty-five feet wide. The main walls were brick and wood with no partitions. Fifteen men were employed in the building, one of whom discovered the fire at 6.05 a. m. burning on all three of the upper floors. The members of the department on arriving were hindered in their work by the horses in the runways. Two hundred and fifty men, sixteen fire engines, six trucks, two pieces of chemical apparatus and two towers were in service. Two Seagrave motor machines did excellent work. Fifteen good streams, nine of them engine streams, were soon connected to the nine hydrants available and located only 125 feet apart. The hydrants were of 7 3/4 and 9-inch openings and furnished a 56pound pressure from street mains of 10, 12 and 16 inches in diameter. In all, 7,500 feet of cotton rubber-lined hose were laid and nozzles of 1 3/4 to 2-inch diameter were employed. Ilorscs, wagons, harness and hay made up the contents, valued at $50,000, on which $12,000 loss was sustained. The building was damaged to the extent of $30,000, but was valued at $70,000. The cause of the fire is unknown.

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