STUDIO FIRE AT BOSTON
A fire, that might have proved a serious conflagration, in Boston two weeks ago was kept well in hand by the firemen under the careful direction of Chief Mullen and resulted in com paratively small loss. The building, as will be seen by the illustration, was a four-story one facing on Tremont street. Owing to its age, it was not a very desirable place for a fire, as, if the flames had once gained much headway it would have proved a difficult task to save any part of the structure, or probably the two tall buildings one either side of it. As it was, your correspondent could not see much damage on the front of the building indicating that a fire had occurred; even the big plate glass windows on the street floor were saved. The blaze started in the basement on the front side of the building on Tremont street, where the ladders are extended, as shown in one of the cuts. It worked back through the lower part of the structure into an extension, which, many years ago, was a theatre. Here the fire had a chance to extend into the upper stories, and finally it worked out through the roof. It was in this particular place that the heft of the fire occurred, and for a time it proved a very stubborn fight. By close work on the part of the firemen, from two points al>ove and below, the flames soon gave wav to their well-directed efforts, and Boston was saved from a serious conflagration. Chief Mullen had plenty of apparatus on hand including a water tower; but it had not to be called into service. To show the difficulty that existed in working at this fire, it might be mentioned that the old Studio was surrounded with much higher buildings, with no space of any kind round it from which the fire could be fought. To keep the loss down to probably $100,000 was certainly good work on the part of the department. Only street views of the fire could be procured for this journal, two of which are given herewith.