First Large Fire at Salem Since the Conflagration
The first large fire at Salem, Mass., after its conflagration of June 25, was the burning of a large leather factory and the damage of others at 5 a. m. September 23. Several shingle roof dwellings were also ignited and some of them would prabably have been destroyed but for the efficient work of the fire department under the direction of Assistant Chief H. C. Kimball, Chief Arnold being on his vacation. A general alarm called the entire department into service. This was the first important fire at which the new Robinson motor pumping engine recently purchased by the city was in service and it rendered excellent service. The loss was about $58,000.