Tremont Theatre in Boston Partially Destroyed
That the famous Tremont Theatre and a large part of Boston are not lying in ruins is due only to the efforts of local Chief McDonough and his firemen. On Sunday, January 23, this city was threatened with one of the largest fires in its history, and it was only because of the prompt and efficient action of the chief and his department that such a catastrophe was averted. The fire broke out in the Tremont Theatre at about 3 p. m., from unknown origin, and immediately thereafter four alarms were sounded. The fire companies responded promptly to the alarms, and soon the old theatre was being flooded by tons of water from the roofs of adjacent buildings. Inside of the building the fire-fighters were also busy. Here they poured numerous streams of water upon the blazing stage, thus preventing the fire from spreading. Time and again the firemen’s lives were endangered, especially when with the fire at its height, the roof fell, and they narrowly escaped being buried under the debris. The fire was finally extinguished after it had destroyed all of the boxes and most of the theatre’s front. Mr. Schoeffel, part owner of the Tremont, estimated the damage to the theatre at about $75,000. The theatre was almost thirty years old and on its stage many of the world’s most famous actors and actresses have appeared. The state police have begun an investigation to ascertain its cause.