Summer Places Razed at Gloucester, Mass.
The frame Good Harbor Beach Inn and two adjoining cottages in the Brier Neck summer colony, Gloucester, Mass., were destroyed and three other cottages were damaged in a spectacular fire which was discovered at 3:30 a.m. on February 5. The hotel was four stories high and contained accommodations for one hundred guests.
Gloucester firemen, under Chief Homer R. Marchant, were handicapped by low water pressure as only one small water main was available. Lines of hose were run long distances and water was pumped from a pond nearly a quarter of a mile away.
A stiff northwesterly wind was blowing and the night was very cold. The fire apparently started in a cottage adjoining the hotel. This building was nearly destroyed and the hotel was involved in flames by the time the firemen reached the scene.
The buildings were all vacant for the winter, but it is reported that a party had been held in one of the cottages the night before the fire. The loss was estimated at $50,000.