Fire Started in Region of Lumber Yards and Coal Pockets and Generated Large Volumes Of Smoke Which Hampered the Firemen

A SPECTACULAR blaze in the plant of the Daly Plumbing Supply Company on Cummings Street in the Roxbury section of Boston, Mass., on September 19 caused considerable damage and necessitated the sounding of three alarms.

Dense smoke hampered the operations of the department at the start of the fire which occurred in a region of lumber yards and coal pockets. The building involved was a one story frame structure with an “L” of two stories.

The flames originated in the basement and were raging fiercely when the apparatus arrived in response to the first alarm. District Chief Edward J. Locke at once sounded a second alarm and soon afterwards a third alarm was ordered by Assistant Chief Henry J. Power.

Fighting the Three-Alarm Blaze in the Roxbury Section of Boston

The fire was under control within a half hour and the flames were confined to the structure in which they originated. Lines were directed from the street and from ladders and the roofs of adjoining buildings as well as from inside. This concentration of water soon drowned out the fire which was burning in a large stock of oakum.

Three Interested Spectators at the Fire From left to right, Herbert J. Hickey, Executive Secretary, Boston Fire Department; Frank C. McAuliffe, Chief of the Chicago Fire Patrol and Peter E. Walsh, Superintendent of the Boston Protective Department.

American-La France motor pumping engines were used as the fire was outside of the high pressure area.

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