Lowell, Mass., was seriously threatened on June 25, when a fire that started in a large empty factory spread to adjoining frame houses and was rapidly developing into a conflagration, when the rush of the flames was halted by Lowell firemen under direction of Chief James C. Sullivan and aided by firemen and apparatus from nearby cities.
One woman, seventy years old, perished in her home when she went back to obtain her pocketbook and was trapped by the flames which spread with great rapidity and were fanned by a stiff breeze.
The Swedish Methodist Church and ten dwellings were destroyed. Flying embers caused many roof fires and burned the upper portion of one home which was nearly a half mile from the fire zone.
Apparatus responded from Dracut, Chelmsford, Lawrence, Woburn, Haverhill, Tewksbury, Reading, Arlington, Bedford, Chelsea, Stoneham, Wilmington, Salem, Peabody, Methuen, Belmont, Boston, and Nashua, N. H.
One ladder truck was badly burned and several hose lines had to be abandoned because of the quick spread of the flames. Damage was estimated at $250,000.