Recent Boston Fires
(From Our Regular Correspondent)
Three alarms were sounded on the night of May 12 for a spectacular fire which apparently originated from spontaneous combustion in the big coal pocket in the New Haven railroad yards near Dover street bridge, South Boston. Difficulty was experienced in getting water on the blaze because of the location of hydrants. Long lengths of hose had to be laid from Dorchester avenue and across the railroad yard which hampered the operations of the land companies. Fortunately it was high tide and this enabled the fire-boat to land alongside the dock and stretch lines across the tracks to the fire which was concentrated in the upper portion of the coal pocket. A battery of powerful streams from fireboat lines soon quenched the fire. The coal pocket was of wooden construction with bins 250 by 85 ft. and 70 ft. high. The fire was discovered about 11 p. m. by a railroad employee. Three engines were used to pump in to the intake hydrant inside the yard. The water pressure was good, but the fireboat was forced to back out because of falling tide and leave her hose on the dock. By this time, however, the fire was under control. The department laid approximately 3.000 feet of hose, two and a half and three inch cotton, rubber lined, and raised 500 feet of ladders. The apparatus in service included ten engine companies, and four ladder companies. Two Seagraves motor pumps were in use. The water pressure at the hydrants was 55 pounds. The total number of streams of water used was 15, twelve streams being in use at one time. 114 inch nozzles were used. Chief Peter F. McDonough was in general charge, assisted by Acting Deputy Chief Edward J. Shallow and district chiefs. The fire was confined to the upper portion of the structure with a loss estimated at $15,000.
A fire in cotton bales in storehouse No. 8 of the Mystic Terminal, Medford street, Charlestown, discovered at 9:05 a. m. on May 13 caused the sounding of two alarms from Box 452. Four firemen were overcome by smoke while fighting the fire. The building was of concrete construction, 150 ft. by 75 ft., and 35 feet high. Six engine companies, three ladder companies, and a fireboat were in service. The department laid 2,500 feet of hose and used 300 feet of ladders. Six post hydrants were available about 300 feet apart. The water pressure at hydrants was 50 pounds. Two and one-half inch cotton rubber lined hose was used and 8 streams were in use at one time. Chief McDonough was in charge, assisted by Acting Deputy Chief Shallow and district chiefs. The building on fire was filled with more than 1,000 bales of American and Egyptian cotton, much of which had to be overhauled. The loss by fire and water amounted to $25,000.