Two Fires in One Night at Boston
Two three-alarm fires occurred in one night recently in the Roxbury district. The first blaze was in a two-story brick building in the rear of 199 Norfolk avenue, owned by J. D. Dwyer and occupied by the Business Men’s Waist Co. for storage purposes. Box 3134, Norfolk avenue and Clapp street, was pulled at 9:11, 9:19 and 9:23, as the fire had obtained great headway and threatened a closely built tenement district near by. Loss was kept down to $2,000 on the building and $1,000 on the contents. The department laid 3,100 feet of 2 1/2-inch cotton rubber-lined hose. Apparatus at the fire consisted of 8 steam engines, 2 motor pumpers, 4 ladder companies, 2 chemicals, 1 tower and 3 fuel wagons. Chief McDonough, junior deputy chief, and three district chiefs responded.
While some of the equipment was still engaged at this fire the first alarm came in from Box 2161, Warren and Maywood streets, at 10:37, quickly followed by a second at 10:47 and a third at 10:53. This blaze originated on the first floor of a wagon shop at 9 Edgewood street. The wagon shop was a one-story building, 40 by 70, and 28 feet high and the other structure a two-story brick building used as a machine shop. Seven steam engines, 1 motor pumper, 4 ladder trucks, 2 chemicals, and fuel wagons were at the fire, also junior deputy and three district chiefs. The department laid 4,150 feet of hose. The loss amounted to $5,000 to the Crown Window Shade Company; $1,400 to Wallace and Cutts, wagon workers; $200 to Julius Wallace, blacksmith shop; and about $5,000 to the buildings which were owned by Harry Freedman. The cause of both the above fires is unknown.