DESTRUCTIVE FIRE AT BOSTON
At Boston, on September 2, the entire stock of the P. Derby Chair company and the three top floors of the big stock building occupied by them at the corner of Water street and Charles avenue, Charlestown, were destroyed by a night fire. The loss by fire and water will probably reach $75,000. Three firemen were injured. The origin of the fire is unknown. It started on the fourth floor among a lot of excelsior, and an automatic alarm gave the first warning. Three alarms were turned in. The good work of the firemen, who stood on an adjoining roof till they were driven off by the intense heat to the roof of the lloosac storage warehouse, which was threatened, held the fire in check. On Water street the watertower threw streams into the fourth and fifth stories, and the fireboat, from the river sent two effective streams. The fire was being successfully fought from three sides, when two explosions caused the flames to spread upwards to six large tanks of varnish. A fourth alarm was turned in. and the tons of water thrown seemed to add to the difficulties of the situation. For two hours the firemen kept up the fight against the hundreds of gallons of burning varnish, the tanks of which were each about twenty feet long, four feet wide and two feet deep. The mansard roof was quickly burned out, hut the fire was confined to the fourth and fifth floors. An adjoining building will lose $10,000 owing to the number of streams carried up through it, and what the fire did not burn for the Derby company, the water ruined.