Stable Fire at New Bedford
A three-alarm fire which started in the haymow of A. C. Sherman’s livery stable on Elm street, at 8.28 p. m., June 27. putted the Sherman property, partially damaged the Duff building and the Central fire station and the Stone church adjoining, started half a dozen small roof fires in the centre section, and for a short time threatened the whole business section. The entire fire department was summoned by Chief E. F. Dahill, and after a hard fight succeeded in saving the surrounding buildings, although sparks from the big fire, showering on shinglel roofs in the centre section, started four other fires, which were quickly extinguished with considerable damage. The fire for the most part was confined to the stable which was completely destroyed. All of the live stock and a large number of the carriages and contents were saved. The damage is estimated at about .$50,000. More than a hundred horses were liberated. The crowds of Saturday night shoppers which were attracted to the scene by the spectacular fire, were nearly thrown into a panic by the wildeyed horses as they galloped through the streets, and the firemen had difficulty in preventing some of the animals from running back into the fire. The chief who sent in the first and all other alarms, was in the central fire station adjoining and was at the fire in a few seconds after its discovery. The Fairhaven department was also in service. The stable was 3 stories high, 90 by 150 feet, and constructed of brick. There were 21 streams on the fire through 9,500 feet of hose. The water pressure was 65 pounds. There was an explosion soon after the fire started. The press and public praise the department for its excellent work.