Destructive Boston Fire.

Destructive Boston Fire.

Very early on the morning of Sunday, Jan uary 17, a fire broke out in the rear of the building occupied by the Park Square Auto company, and within 30 minutes 400 automobiles were totally destroyed. The fire also spread to the old train shed of the Park Square railroad station, formerly used as the terminal of the Providence division of the New York, New Haven & Hartford railroad, and destroyed the bicycle track and a large pavilion used for exhibition purposes. Six horses in one of the buildings were also burned. It is feared that the damage to the building will bring the total loss to above $800,000. There were six garages, including several used chiefly for repairs, in the big storage station formerly the railroad freight shed. The principal occupants were: The Park Square Auto company, the Boston Motor company, the Rambler Motor company, the Boston Auto Exchange, the Concord Motor Car company, and the repair shop of the Marmon company. Out of the 350 automobiles only two were saved. Thirty or forty of those destroyed were of the expensive limousine type. The insurance rates on the destroyed property were somewhat higher than those in effect on other buildings of like use in the city, and the majority of the owners were but partly insured, while one or two firms had none at all.

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