Firemen Injured at Lynn, Mass., Fire
Ten firemen of the Lynn. Mass., department, were injured on March 17 while fighting a 2-alarm blaze that destroyed the West Lynn Boat Club property on hamper’s Wharf.
Captain Clarence Cann and John Purceli, of Engine Company No. 1, were plunged into the harbor when a section of flooring gave way. They were pulled out by comrades.
The blaze started in the locker room and spread rapidly. A number of racing shells, oars, and equipment were destroyed with a loss estimated at $20,000. Chief William F. Welch directed the firemen.
The tire was discovered at noon by the acting custodian of the club who sounded the first alarm. Deputy Chief Joseph E. Scanlon ordered the second alarm at 12:12 p.m. A high wind prevailed at the time.