Fire in Boston Leather District
A five-story building in the South Street leather district of Boston. Mass… occupied by leather merchants. caught fire from unknown cause on June 28 and caused the sounding of three alarms before it was brought under control. The structure occupied space of 50 x 75 x 80 feet, was constructed of brick and wood and had no partition walls. The alarm was received at 1 :16 A. M. from Box 1434. and on the arrival of the department under command of Chief Walsh the fire, which originated on the fourth floor, was found to be burning on the third, fourth and fifth floors. According to Second Assistant Chief W illiam A. Donovan, the number of firemen at the fire was 154. and the apparatus consisted of nine steamers, three motor pumpers, four aerials, one city service truck and one rescue company. Six flush hydrants, with nine-inch barrel, and four outlets were used, spaced about 225 feet apart, with a pressure of fifty-five pounds. Twenty engine streams were thrown, thirteen at one time, with nozzles of 1 3/4and 2 inches, being fed by 12-inch mains. In all. 5.7CO feet of cotton rubber lined hose were laid. A turret pipe and cellar pipes ( Bresnan nozzles) were brought into service. Chief Donovan reports that there was excellent pressure from the direct pumping system of the city. The cellar pipes were used through holes cut in the roof of the building. and were of great assistance in handling the fire. The fire burned for four hours before being extinguished. The value of the building was set at $175,000. with a loss of $25,000. and that of the contents, $500,000. with a loss of $140,000.