One Death and Heavy Loss in Beach Section Fire at Revere
Fire of unexplained origin recently caused a heavy financial loss and resulted in one man’s death and the more or less severe injury of ten others, in the Revere Beach section of the city of Revere, Mass. The fire was discovered at 4:29 a. m., in the center building of the amusement plant known as the Monkey Circus and Virginia Reel, and the alarm was given by telephone and box. When Chief Arthur L. Kimball and thirty men reached the place they found the entire building, which was of wood construction, involved, and aid was immediately summoned from Boston, Winthrop, Lynn and Chelsea. The fire was stopped after nine hours’ hard work, and was so skilfully handled that not only were some of the buildings saved but the many summer cottages in the vicinity were prevented from becoming involved. Two steam pumps and one Ahrens-Fox, one Robinson and three Seagrave pumping engines were employed, and as many as thirty engine streams were thrown at one time from 1and 1 1/8-inch nozzles. Eight hydrants, 300 feet apart, were available, with from 60 to 100 pounds pressure from 12-inch main. Of the 15,000 feet of cotton rubber-lined hose in use, nine lengths burst, showing a bad condition and causing considerable delay in the firemen’s work. The value of the property was $500,000 and the loss is estimated at $400,000.