Fire and Mishap in Boston.
During the intense cold on Tuesday fire broke out in the ill-fated Federal street, Boston, that caused $1,500,000 loss in property and the death of one and injury to fifteen men. One bad feature of the fire was the thick smoke, which to a great extent baffled the work of the fire-fighters, and which was responsible for many accidents. The last of the engines did not leave the ruins until 6.30 o’clock in the afternoon, and the flames were not under control until noon. One of the saddest incidents of the fire is the mysterious disappearance of Joseph F. Barker of The Boston Transcript, one of Boston’s brightest newspaper men. He was one of the first to be on the spot in the interests of his paper. The last seen of Barker he was on the top floor of the Hecht building, from which every one was making their exit as fast as possible. Barker was not seen to leave. It is supposed he was buried beneath the walls, which fell a few moments after.
Fifteen firemen were injured, and there were several other accidents. Here are the more seriously injured : Chief Mullen of South Boston, caught by falling walls and injured about the face and head. Francis Fitzpatrick, jumped from the third story window of the Hecht building, sustaining severe injuries. F. N. O’Lalor of Engine 15, struck by falling wires and badly burned about the head and arms. John Corrigan of Engine 26, cut about the head and hands. Philip Corrigan of Engine 1, went down with the falling walls and was dug out with difficulty. Both legs crushed and face cut, besides other serious injuries. James Haggerty, struck by falling wire and rendered unconscious. He also fell against the wheel of an engine and suffered a concussion of the brain.William Hart of Protective Department 2. blown from the While building and badly cut. Not since Thanksgiving Day three years ago has Boston seen such a fire as this one.