Residence Burned at Lynnfield
A handsome and costly residence at Lynnfield, Mass., owned by a Maine lumber merchant, was burned recently, the family having left at 5 a. m. for Maine and leaving a small fire in the laundry in the basement. When discovered the fire had already gained the second floor through a clothes chute. Chief Gerry responded to the call with a White three-tank motor chemical car, an American-La France two-tank Ford motor chemical car and a two-tank horsedrawn chemical wagon. The White truck struck a massive stone post when turning into the yard, but, although the post was moved, the car only received a bent frame and was able to continue. Seeing that the fire had gained such headway that it was beyond his department to control it, Chief Gerry sent a call for help to Reading, at 9.58 o’clock, and Chief Ordway responded with a Knox motor triple-combination car and 1,350 feet of 2 1/2-inch hose. The run of nine miles was made in about nine minutes. Wakefield also received a call. Chief Cade responding with a Webb motor triple-combination pumping engine and 1,150 feet of 2 1/2-inch hose, and the city of Lynn sent an Ahrens-Fox pumping engine, wth 1,000 feet of hose. One lind of 3,350 feet was laid with the Reading pumping engine located at a pond and the Lynn pumping engine in the line near the fire. Two lengths of hose burst. The engines worked for two hours. The house, a 14-room structure, was already doomed, and was destroyed with a total loss of $20,000. The local department and the firemen coming from the other cities worked well and were successful in saving nearby houses by the use of chemicals.