Ice Houses Burn at Lynn, Mass.

Ice Houses Burn at Lynn, Mass.

A general alarm was sounded in Lynn, Mass., recently, for a fire which destroyed seven large ice houses on the shore of Sluice Pond. Fifty persons living nearby prepared to vacate their premises as flying brands menaced the neighborhood. Apparatus and men from Swampscott and Peabody aided the Lynn firemen and assisted in wetting down the roofs of dwellings in the vicinity. The fire was highly spectacular and attracted a crowd. A Lynn fireman fell from a ladder and received a sprained ankle. The Wyoma section of the city was blanketed with heavy smoke. Citizens aided the firemen by climbing onto roofs and porches with garden hose to watch for falling embers.

Firemen Fighting the Lynn Ice Houses Blaze

The blaze was discovered about noon by a motor cycle policeman, who sounded the first alarm. Deputy Chief Edward F. Welch, upon arriving at the scene, ordered additional alarms sounded. Several firemen had a narrow escape from injury when the wall of one of the ice houses fell. There were 12,000 tons of ice in storage. The owner of five of the ice houses estimated his loss at $25,000. The origin of the fire is unknown, but a rear door was found open in one of the ice houses. In all twelve roofs of cottages were ignited. A stiff breeze fanned the flames and the colmun of smoke was visible for miles.

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