Leather Plant Burned in Woburn, Mass.

Leather Plant Burned in Woburn, Mass.

The tannery of the F. C. Parker Leather Company on Cross street, Woburn, Mass., was destroyed by fire recently with a loss estimated at $250,000. The flames, starting in the boiler room, spread with great rapidity in the five-story frame building which extended for about 350 feet along the railroad track. There were two storerooms adjoining, one of which was saved from destruction. The Woburn firemen also prevented a spread of the fire to the large tanneries of the Beggs & Cobb Patent Leather Company and the American Hide and Leather Company, located nearby. Fire apparatus from Winchester and Stoneham assisted the Woburn department. The oils and greases used in the tanning process aided in the spread of the flames. There were several hot air explosions during the progress of the fire. The first alarm was sent in at 8 A. M. from the special box in the factory. Winchester also sent apparatus as the location is near the town line. A telephone call was later sent asking aid from Stoneham. A spectacular feature of the blaze was the collapse of a 70-ft. chimney shortly before the roof crashed in. After a two hours’ fight the fire was brought under control, but there was little left of the main building except the walls. Lines of hose across the railroad tracks tied up traffic on the southern division of the Boston and Maine railway. The main building and two storerooms were valued at about $50,000 and the contents including finished stock at over $225,000.

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Leather Plant Burned in Woburn, Mass.

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