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City Document. — No. 96. 



CITY OF BOSTON 




SECOND ANNUAL EEPOBT 



BOARD OF FIRE COMMISSIONERS. 



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REPORT 



Office of the Board of Fire Commissioners, 
City Hall, Boston, June, 1875. 
To His Honor the Mayor and the City Council : — 

Gentlemen, — The Board of Fire Commissioners have the 
honor to submit their second annual report of the condition of 
the department under their charge, of the expenditures during 
the year ending April 30th, 1875, together with the record 
of fires and losses during the same period. This report is 
in reality the record of the first year of the present organiza- 
tion, since, for reasons stated in the last report, no important 
changes in the organization or method of management of the 
department were made till April, 1874. The appointment 
of William A. Green as Chief Engineer, and of the several 
Assistant Engineers as permanent officers, marked dis- 
tinctly the change from the old to the new system of manage- 
ment. 

The reorganization of the companies of the department 
which had been begun when the last report was made has 
been carried on to the full extent then proposed, so that now 
the companies in the districts of the city proper are all of 
them made up of permanent members. It is proposed to 
change Engine Co. No. 22, now located on Parker street, 
from a " call " to a " permanent company " as soon as the new 
house now building for the company on Dartmouth street is 
completed and ready for occupation. 

The value of any system must be judged of by its results, 
and it is to this test that the Board desire to direct your 



4 Crrr Document. — No. 96. 

attention in reviewing the record of the past year. In the 
reorganization, management and government of the force the 
Board have steadily adhered to the principles laid down in 
the report of last year. They have endeavored to impress 
upon all, both officers and men, the importance of the duties 
imposed upon them, and the necessity of a faithful perform- 
ance of each one, even of those which may appear trivial, 
and they have held every man to a strict responsibility for 
whatever trust may have been imposed upon him. The 
faithful carrying out of these principles has produced its 
natural result in the discipline and efficiency of the force. 

The rules and regulations originally adopted after careful 
consideration, and the orders issued from time to time, have 
been rigidly enforced, and with strict impartiality. .Some of 
them may seem at first sight severe, or exacting ; but no rule 
has been adopted which was not deemed necessary to secure, 
the end which the Board have in view, — the perfection of 
the department, — and hence none which it was not intended 
should be lived up to fully. The number of dismissals for 
intoxication, neglect of duty and bad conduct has not been 
very large, viz., 31 ; though it is to be regretted that it is 
not smaller. In most of these cases the use of liquor 
has been the primary cause of trouble ; but in no instance has 
any one been dishonorably discharged or punished in any 
way until after a full investigation, when the accused was 
heard in his own defence and such evidence as he could 
bring was duly weighed. The Board have endeavored 
always to impress upon the members of the department 
that strict justice should be done them in all cases. The 
general readiness to submit to any requirement which is 
considered by the Board necessary for the good of the ser- 
vice and the safety of the city is satisfactory evidence of the 
reasonableness of the requirements and of the intelligence 
and good character of the men. 

In making appointments the Board have been governed 



Fire Commissioners' Report. 5 

solely by the good character, physical capacity, and special 
fitness for the duties required of the appointees. 

In a word, the Board believe that the department as now 
constituted is one every way creditable to the city, and a force 
more reliable and better able than ever before to give the 
protection to property which may justly be expected from 
it. 

ORGANIZATION OP THE DEPARTMENT. 

The companies are divided into two classes : — 

1st. Permanent Companies, all the officers and members 
of which are constantly employed. 

2d. Call Companies, a greater or less number of the mem- 
bers of which are called out by the public alarm, and do duty 
only at fires. 

1 Chief Engineer, permanently employed. 
11 Assistant Engineers, " " 

2 " " doing duty only at fires. 

PERMANENT COMPANIES. 
ENGINE. 

1 Foreman, permanently employed. 

1 Assistant Foreman, " " 

1 Engineman, " " 

1 Assistant Engineman, " " 

8 Hosemen, " " 



HOOK AND LADDER. 

1 Foreman, permanently employed. 

1 Assistant Foreman, " " 

12 Laddermen, " " 



City Document. — No. 96. 



CHEMICAL ENGINE. 



1 Driver, permanently employed. 

1 Chemical 
1 Hoseman, 



1 Chemical Engineman 



EIRE BOAT. 



1 Captain, 1 Mate, 

1 Engineman, 1 Assistant Engineman, 

1 Steward, 1 Stoker, 

1 Deck Hand. 



CALL COMPANIES. 
ENGINE. 

1 Engineman, permanently employed. 

1 Assistant Engineman, " " 

1 Driver of Engine, " " 

1 Foreman, doing duty only at fires. 

7 Hosemen, " " 

In companies which have separate horse hose-carriages,, 
the foreman is permanently employed, and drives the hose- 
carriage. 

< 

HOOK AND LADDER. 

1 Driver, permanently employed. 

1 Foreman, doing duty only at fires. 

1 Assistant Foreman, " " 

17 Laddermen, " " 

At the present date, Engine Cos. Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 23, 
25 and 26, Hook and Ladder Co. Nos. 1, 3 and 8, and 
Chemical Engine Cos. Nos. 1 and 2, and the Fire Boat, have 
been reorganized as permanent companies. 



Fire Commissioners' Keport. 7 

Engine Co. No. 22 will at once be reorganized as perma- 
nent. The rest of the force will consist of call companies. 

The force, when completely reorganized, will consist of 
3 Commissioners ; 1 Chief Engineer ; 1 Superintendent 
Eire Alarms ; 13 Assistant Engineers ; 4 Clerks ; 22 Per- 
manent Foremen ; 13 Assistant Foremen ; 29 Steam Engine- 
men; 5 Chemical Enginemen; 27 Assistant Enginemen; 
156 Permanent Hosemen and Laddermen ; 361 Call Hosemen 
and Laddermen, and 1 Messenger to Chief Engineer, 1 
Teamster, 3 Permanent Hostlers, and 11 Hand Enginemen; 
1 Captain of Fire Boat ; 1 Mate ; 1 Steward ; 1 Engineman ; 
1 Assistant Engineman ; 1 Stoker ; and 1 Deck hand ; 4 
Fire-alarm Telegraph Operators, and 5 Eepairers ; in all, 
664 men. 

FIRE DISTRICTS. 

The city has been divided into Ten Fire Districts as 
follows : — 

District 1. — Comprises all that part of Boston known as 
East Boston. 

District 2. — All that part of Boston formerly known as 
Charlestown. 

District 3. — All that part east of a line beginning at the 
Charles Biver Drawbridge, and running 
through the centre of Charlestown street, 
Haymarket square and Washington to 
Summer streets, and north of Summer 
street and the N. Y. and N. E. E. E. 
Passenger Depot to the Water. 

District 4. — All that part west of District 3, and north 

of a line running through the centre of 

Winter and Park streets, and west of 

_ Beacon to Otter, and North of Otter street 

to the water. 



8 City Document. — No. '96. 

District 5. — All that part south of Districts 3 and 4 to 
the centre of Dover-street Drawbridge, 
and a line running through the centre of 
Dover, Berkeley, Boylston, Arlington, 
Beacon and Otter streets to the water. 

District 6. — All that part of Boston known as South 
Boston. 

District 7. — All that part of Boston south of District 5, 
to the centre of Albany-street Draw- 
bridge ; thence through the centre of Al- 
bany, Northampton streets, Columbus 
avenue and Chester park to Charles river. 

District 8. — All that part south and west of District 7, 
to the boundary line of Ward 17 (for- 
merly West Roxbury) , and west of Shaw- 
mut avenue to the Brookline boundary 
line, and including all of Ward 19 (for- 
merly Brighton). 

District 9. — All that part south of Districts 6 and 7, to 
Ward 17, and a line running through the 
centre of Blue Hill avenue, Columbia, 
Green, Bowdoin, Church and East streets, 
and east of District 8 to the water. 

District 10. — All the southerly part of Boston, south of 
Districts 8 and 9, including Ward 17 
(formerly West Eoxbury) . 



assignment op districts. 

Each district has been placed under the charge of an As- 
sistant Engineer, as follows : — 

Assistant Engineer Joseph Dunbar, assigned to District 1. 

" " John Bartlett, " " 2. 

" " Wm. H. Cunningham, " " 3. 

" " Samuel Abbott, Jr., " " 4. 



Fire Commissioners' Keport. 



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Assistant Engineer John W. Regan, assigned to District 5. 
George Brown, " " 6. 

George C. Fernald, " " 7. 

John Colligan, " " 8. 

James Munroe, " " 9. 

J. Foster Hewins, " " 10. 

Brown S. Flanders, Inspector and Aid 
to the Chief. 



The Assistant Engineers, in charge of Districts Nos. 8 and 
10 are aided by Call Engineers in that part of their re- 
spective districts known as West Roxbury and Brighton. 

The Assistant Engineers of the several Fire Districts in 
the city will respond to alarms out of their own districts, as 
follows : — 



The Engineer of 
District No. 1. 



District No. 2. 
District No. 3. 
District No. 4. - 

District No. 5. 
District No. 6. 

District No. 7. 



i To second alarms in Nos. 3 and 4. 

To third alarms in No. 5. 
■ To second alarms in Nos. 3 and 4. 

To third alarms in No. 5. 
■To first alarms in Nos. 4, 5, and to East 

Boston Ferry for No. 1. 
To first alarms in Nos. 2, 5, and that 
part of No. 7 west of Columbus avenue. 
To third alarms in No. 7. 
- To first alarms in Nos. 3, 4, 6 and 7. 

To third alarms in Nos. 1 and 2. 
•To first alarms in No. 6, and all that 
part of Nos . 5 and 7 east of "Washing- 
ton street. 
To third alarms in Nos. 5, 7 and 9. 
To first alarms in Nos. 5, 6, and in Nos. 
8 and 9 north of Dudley and Stough- 
ton streets. 



10 City Document. — No. 96. 

To second alarms in Nos. 8 and 9, and 
parts of Nos. 3 and 4 south of State, 
Court and Cambridge streets. 

To third alarms in Nos. 3, 4, 8 and 9. 
District No. 8. — To first alarms in Nos. 7, 9 and Jamaica 
Plain. 

To second alarms in No. 10. 

To third alarms in Nos. 5 and 6. 
District No. 9. — To first alarms in Nos. 7, 8 and Ward 16. 

To second alarms in Nos. 6 and 10. 
District No. 10. — To first alarms in Nos. 9 and 10. 

To second alarms in No. 6, and that part 
of No. 8 east of the Providence Rail- 
road. 

To third alarms in all of No. 8. 

No piece of apparatus belonging to the department will be 
allowed out of the city without the authority of the Chief or 
an Assistant Engineer. 

Engines Nos. 4, 9, 25 and 26 are never to be sent out of 
the city. 

Engine No. 5 is never to cross the ferry, unless specially 
sent for. 

HOUSES. 

This year, for the first time, the repairs of the houses of 
the department have been made by the Board, and charged 
to the appropriation of the Fire Department. They had 
previously been made by the Department of Public Build- 
ings, and charged to the appropriation for that department. 
The work has this year largely been done by permanent 
men of the department. It is the settled policy of the 
Board to detail men of the several permanent companies to 
make all needed repairs, where it can be done without 
weakening the effective force. Almost every trade is rep- 



Fire Commissioners' Report. 11 

resented, and it is but right that the city should have the 
benefit of their skill when occasion requires. The experi- 
ence of the past year shows clearly the advantage of such a 
policy, and it may well be that a considerable saving 
will result to the city in consequence. The houses gener- 
ally are now in good repair, although a moderate outlay will 
be required during the coming year to keep them in good 
condition. The new house for Engine Co. No. 3 and Hook 
and Ladder Co. No. 3, at the corner of Harrison avenue and 
Bristol street, is completed, and will shortly be occupied by 
these companies. The architectural effect of the building 
is good and appropriate, and the internal arrangements are 
in all respects satisfactory. The quarters of the men are 
planned with a view to their health and comfort ; and the 
stable arrangements are such as to insure for the horses an 
abundance of light and air, and to keep as far as possible 
the smell of the stable out of the main building. 

The house intended for Engine Co. No. 22 is now build- 
ing on Dartmouth street, at the railroad bridge, and will 
probably be ready for occupation by the first of July. 

The Board have recommended (and the City Council have 
ordered) that land be obtained and three houses built ; one 
in the vicinity of Eggleston square, one at West Roxbury 
village, and one near Allston Station, Brighton District, for 
additional fire apparatus, which, in the judgment of the 
Board, are required at those points. It is expected that 
these will be built during the summer, provided satisfactory 
locations can be secured. 



APPARATUS. 

The apparatus of the department consists at present of 36 
Steam Fire Engines (29 in service, 7 in reserve) ; 7 Chem- 
ical Engines (5 in service, 2 in reserve) ; 15 Hose Carriages, 



12 City Document. — No. 96. 

(11 in service, 4 in reserve) ; 12 Hook and Ladder Carriages 
(11 in service, 1 in reserve) ; 15 Coal Wagons; 34 Pungs. 

Very considerable repairs have been required during the 
year, in order to keep in good and serviceable condition the 
entire apparatus, both that in service and that in reserve. 
The boilers of Engines No. 16 and 20 were found in a very 
bad condition, and were made over. Engine 18 proves to be 
in a similar condition, and will have to be rebuilt. With 
this exception, the apparatus is at present in good order, and 
will probably require, during the ensuing year, only the usual 
amount of small repairs, unless serious accidents should 
occur. The number of accidents resulting in serious injury 
to apparatus has considerably diminished, largely in conse- 
quence of more careful driving. Reckless or too rapid 
driving is strictly forbidden. The important thing is to have 
the apparatus reach the fire in a serviceable condition, and it 
is clearly of more consequence to ensure that, than to run 
the risk of having an engine overturned, or otherwise disabled, 
in order to make a possible gain of a few seconds. At the 
same time promptness in reaching the fire is impressed upon 
all members of the department as their most important duty. 

The new apparatus bought during the past year consists 
of 3 Chemical Engines, 4 light Pungs, 18 Pungs fitted to 
carry a reel of hose, 1 two-wheel Hose Carriage, and 2 
Concord Wagons. 

In the appropriation approved for the ensuing year the 
estimate of $16,000 for new apparatus was for the pro- 
posed purchase of a Steam Fire Engine, a Hook and Ladder 
Truck, two or more Hose Carriages, and an additional 
Chemical Engine. A portion of this new work will probably 
be made at the new repair shop. 

The expediency of making the Steam Fire Engines in service 
" self-propellors," that is, of doing away with horses on the 
engines, has been considered by the Board, and as an experi- 
ment, the engine known as the " Propellor," hitherto drawn 



Fire Commissioners' Keport. 13 

by horses, has been run for six months as a Steam Propcllor, 
by Engine Co. No. 21. The results have been very satisfac- 
tory. There is no difficulty in keeping up 50 pounds of 
steam at all times, by means of the new coal-heaters, at a very 
moderate cost. The steamer is ready to start the instant an 
alarm is received, and go at a uniform speed as rapidly as 
may be desired. The Board are not prepared to make a 
change of so radical a kind at present, but call attention to it 
as a question deserving careful consideration in the purchase 
of new engines, to replace old ones worn out. The only 
objection to their introduction is that they are supposed to 
frighten horses more than the engines drawn by horses. 
The experience of the past year does not show any acci- 
dents from this cause. They are now in successful use in 
New York and Detroit. 

The Fire Boat has on all occasions calling for its services 
shown itself a very useful and important arm of the service, 
and justified its continuance as a means of protection of the 
water front. During the past winter it performed an impor- 
tant service in breaking ice from the channels, and in keep- 
ing open access to various parts of the water front, where, in 
case of fire, it would have been the main dependence. 

STEAM HEATERS. 

During the past year ten of the principal engines have been 
furnished with steam circulating heaters (coal-burning) , of 
such capacity that steam can be kept constantly in the boilers 
of the engines as they stand in their houses, at a pressure of 
upwards of 30 lbs. when required. In practice, however, it 
is found that there is no necessity of maintaining a pressure 
of more than 5 lbs., since the pressure can be carried up to 
the working point, generally before the engine reaches the 
fire, and uniformly before the connections are made to the 
hydrant and the hose run off, even when the fire is very near 
to the engine house. 



14 City Document. — No. 96. 

An incidental advantage is the benefit to the boiler of being 
kept at a uniform temperature. Coal -burning heaters were 
adopted in preference to any form of gas-heaters known to 
the Board, from their greater capacity, durability and 
economy. Five more have been bought, and will shortly 
be set up. 

HOSE. 

The number of feet of hose in use remains about the same 
as was reported a year ago, viz. : — 

Leather hose, 24,610 feet. 

Cotton " 25,361 " 

Eubber " 23,943 " 



73,914 feet. 

About 10,000 feet of hose of all kinds have been con- 
demned as entirely unserviceable, and most of it sold, and its 
place supplied by new hose purchased during the year, 
viz. : — 

Cotton hose , 6 , 600 feet. 

Eubber " 3,100 " 



0,700 feet. 

As to quality any estimate is at best an approxima- 
tion, but the quality now is believed to be somewhat better 
than it was a year, since, and the following relative quanti- 
ties not out of the way : — 

Good, 40 per cent. 29,565 feet. 

Fair, 40 per cent. 29,566 " 

Not reliable, 20 per cent. 14,783 " 

73,914 feet. 
The whole amount of suction hose is 1,112 feet. 



Fire Commissioners' Report. 15 

HORSES. 

The department is at present well equipped with horses, 
though there are still some which will soon be replaced by- 
fresh ones better able to do the work required of them. 
The number- now in service is 126 ; the number in service 
April 30, 1874, was 117. During the year 1 has died 
from disease . and 2 have been killed by accident ; 8 
have been sold or exchanged and 20 have been purchased. 
The general health has been excellent, and in the absence 
of any prevalent disease the good condition of the horses is 
mainly due to good care and intelligent management on the 
part of those having them in charge. This important branch 
of the department receives, as it deserves, constant attention. 
The stable arrangements in some of the older houses have 
been improved so as to give better light and ventilation, 
points which have received special consideration in the 
houses recently built and now building. 



REPAIR SHOPS. 

The need of a repair shop , and the reasons why it is desir- 
able to establish one, were given fully in the last report, and 
need not be repeated here. A hose and harness repair shop 
was started in September, in unoccupied rooms of the new 
house of Engine Co. No. 25 and Hook and Ladder Co. No. 
8, on Washington square. Two men have been employed 
during the past six months, and have been assisted by one or 
two detailed there from the permanent force when required. 
During this time they have made all needed repairs of the 
hose and harnesses of the department, and in addition thereto 
made a considerable quantity of new work. It has thus far 
come up to the expectations of the Board. 

The apparatus repair shop is but just established, owing to 
the fact that the building designed for it was not vacated by 
Hook and Ladder Co. No. 3 till April 1st. 



16 City Document. — No. 96. 

The necessary alterations have been made, and th e 
machinery, which had been previously contracted for, has 
been placed in the house. 

It remains to be seen whether this will also fulfil the expec- 
tations of the Board. The amount appropriated for equip- 
ing and fitting up the shop was $9,0.00; but of this sum 
only $6,241.45 had been expended up to May 1st. It is 
probable that the further sum of $1,000 will equip it suffi- 
ciently to do such work as it is proposed at present to 
undertake. 

The following list of the principal machines and tools will 
serve to indicate the character of the equipment, and the 
capacity of the shop. 

One 15 horse power steam engine, cylinder, 9 by 21 inches, 
(Putnam Machine Co.) 
One 20 horse power upright tubular boiler. 

" 26-inch by 26-inch iron planer, 8 ft. table, 12 ft. bed. 

" 24-inch swing engine lathe, 10 ft. bed. 

" 16-inch " " " 9| ft. " 

Two 14-inch " " " 6 ft. " 

One 13-inch " hand lathe, 1\ ft. " 

«« 13-inch " " " 9 ft. " 

" No. 2 upright drill. 

" Sturtevant Pressure Blower. 
Two blacksmith's forges. 
One furnace for heating tires. 

Together with the numerous smaller tools and appliances 
which are found in every well appointed machine shop. 

FIRE-ALARM TELEGRAPH. 

This indispensable branch of the Fire Department must, of 
necessity, be kept in good condition to insure its being at all 
times and under almost all circumstances perfectly reliable ; 
and its proper care and management is justly regarded as of 
the first importance. The wires, boxes, machines and other 



Fire Commissioners' Report. 17 

apparatus are, with few exceptions, in a satisfactory condi- 
tion. The wires, however, on the northeast, northwest, and 
a part of the Roxbury circuits, have been up a number of 
years, and are not in a condition to withstand the storms of 
another winter. These circuits must be re-run, and the 
wire for this purpose has already been purchased, and the 
work will be done the coming summer. 

A change has been made in the form of battery, which 
will, it is believed, secure a more regular and steady action, 
and, at the same time, show a gain in the matter of labor and 
expense. 

The Fire-Alarm Telegraphs of Charlestown and West 
Roxbury have not been changed, as was at one time thought 
desirable, but have been connected with the City Hall in 
such manner that alarms in those districts are received at 
head-quarters. 

The Fire-Alarm system of the city proper has not been 
extended to Brighton District, as the necessity for it did not, 
in the opinion of the Board, 'seem great enough to justify 
the large expenditure which would be required. The 
holders of the Fire-Alarm Patents claim that the rights 
which the city has acquired, by purchase and otherwise, to 
use the patents apply simply to the territory comprised in 
the city limits previous to annexation, and do not extend to 
the districts recently annexed. There may be a question 
whether this claim is a valid one or not, but assuming that 
it is, the demands of the holders of the patents for the 
privilege of using them are so large, that the cost of estab- 
lishing an efficient fire alarm in that district is greater than 
would be warranted by the benefits likely to result from the 
introduction. A telegraph line has, however, been run to the 
engine house in Brighton, and a double communication with 
the City Hall has been established. 

The Dial Lines, mentioned in the report of last year as to 
be established, have all been run, and telegraphic communi- 



18 City Docoiext. — Xo. 96. 

cation is constantly had between the City Hall and the 
head-quarters of each district and the repair shop. They have 
proved essential to the best working of the department. The 
cost of these Dial Lines, and of the extension of wires to 
Brighton District, has been $4,633.72. 

In consequence of the large increase of false alarms in the 
earlier part of the year, the locks on all the lire-alarm boxes 
in the city were changed. Keys of these boxes had been too 
freely issued, and some were in possession of evil-disposed 
persons who would give these false alarms for malicious pur- 
poses. All keys issued since the locks were changed have 
been receipted for, or given only to persons supposed to be 
trustworthy. It is expected that hereafter the number of 
false alarms will be diminished. Key-holders are especially 
urged to exercise great care that their keys do not fall into 
the hauds of improper persons. Too great restrictions in 
giving out the keys would defeat the very object of the lire 
alarm, for promptness in giviug alarms for lire is of the very 
first importance. 

TIKES. 

Your attention is specially called to the fact that during 
the year the city has, with the exception of the fires on the 
night of December 1-ith, been free from very large and dis- 
astrous fires. 

This exemption, so for as it applies to the part of the 
city rebuilt since the lire of November, 1872, is due in part 
to the better construction of the buildings, and the more 
complete measures taken to prevent fires starting ; but the 
Board think that it is in great measure due to the prompt- 
ness of action, quick comprehension of the thing to be done 
in each case, and skill in directing operations, shown by the 
officers and men of the department. How true this is must 
be evident to all who have watched closely the operations of 
the past year. 



Fire Commissioners' Report. 19 

Of course all fires, if neglected, will grow to be conflagra- 
tions ; but there are occasionally fires where the delay of a 
very few minutes, or even seconds, results in wide-spread 
ruin. More than a dozen such fires have occurred during 
the year, and could be specially enumerated, which were 
promptly extinguished, most of them, with comparatively 
small loss, but which had in them, both from the character 
of the buildings, their contents and surroundings, or the 
state of the weather, the elements of a disastrous fire; and, 
but for the extraordinary exertions and devotion of the 
department, would unquestionably have resulted in a very 
serious destruction of property. There could be no clearer 
demonstration of the value and importance, especially for 
the closely built part of the city, of a permanently organ- 
ized force, i.e., of men whose whole time is devoted to fire- 
duty, than several of the cases referred to have been. 

The following summary of fires, loss, insurance on the 
property, damages, etc., shows on the whole the good 
fortune of the city during the year, and gives gratifying 
evidence of the ability of the department to confine fires 
within narrow limits. 

NUMBER OP ALARMS. 

May, 1873, to 1874 . .. 720, including 266 Stills. 
" 1874, to 1875 . . 702, " 244 " 

LOSS. 

Buildings. Stock. Total. 

May, 1873, to 1874, $1,134,835.95 $2,295,546.55 $3,430,382.50 
" 1874, to 1875, 424,979.00 793,524.00 1,228,403.00 

INSURANCE. 
Buildings. Stock. Total. 

May, 1873, to 1874, $1,341,476.45 $2,102,274.32 $3,443,750.77 
" 1874, to 1875, 1,758,939.00 1,918,069.00 3,677,008.00 



20 City Document. — No. 96. 



Number of Telegrap 


h Fires .... 


405 


C< Li (C 


False .... 


29 


c< «( << 


Needless 


24 


Fires extinguished without giving a public alarm 


244 






702 




FIRES. 




Total number of actual fires .... 


601 


Confined to one building . . . 571 = 95 


per cent. 


Extended to others 


. 30 = 5 

BUILDINGS. 


a 


Slightly damaged . 


511 = 85 


per cent. 


Considerably " 


55 = 9 


a 


Totally destroyed . 


35 = 6 


a 



Of the 35 buildings totally destroyed, 26 were wooden, 9 
were brick, and 18 of these were barns or stables, and 3 
isolated dwelling-houses. 

Of the 55 considerably damaged, 32 were wooden, 23 
were brick or stone. 

Great care has been taken to make the tables of 
losses accurate, and they are believed to show a close 
approximation to the actual loss by fire. The records 
of previous years are judged to be, from various causes, 
incomplete, and probably understate the real losses. This 
should be borne in mind in comparing one year with 
another. Our means of obtaining information through engi- 
neers permanently employed induces us to believe that the 
statement of the present year is more reliable than in 
former years. 

It should also be remembered that the city the past year 
included Charlestown, West Roxbury and Brighton, which 
have contributed their share of fires and losses. The loss by 
the fire on Hittinger's Wharf in Charlestown, was $159,975.00. 



Fire Commissioners' Eeport. 21 

extensive fikes. 

The fires on the night of the 14th of December last, on 
Plympton and Wareham streets, and on Hittinger's Wharf, 
were the most serious of the year, and were both large and 
destructive. They have been made the subject of a detailed 
investigation by the Board, in order to ascertain, if possible, 
not only the causes of the first fires, but how it happened 
that, in both cases, fires more destructive than the first 
should have broken out in the immediate vicinity of the 
first, when the former fires had been entirely subdued, and 
the greater portion of the force was still upon the ground ; 
and, also, whether any blame attached to any one of the 
department in consequence. 

The first alarm from Box 68, for the fire on Plympton street, 
was struck at 10.55 P.M., and was followed immediately 
by a second alarm. In the course of an hour this fire was 
got under control, although the ruins continued to burn. 
Five hours later (at 3.47 A.M.) the fire broke out in 
Wareham street, in the immediate vicinity of the first fire. 
The alarm from Box 68 was again struck, followed within 
ten minutes by a second and third, and an hour later by a 
general alarm. Meanwhile, at 1.20 A.M., the alarm was 
given in Charlestown District, for a fire in Thomas Cunning- 
ham's works, on Water street; ten minutes later the alarm 
was given from Box 4 to call assistance from the city proper. 
In the course of two hours this fire was under complete 
control, but about 4| hours later (at 6 A.M.), a fire broke 
out in the hay-shed on Hittinger's Wharf, near the former 
fire, and first and second alarms were given from Box 4, to 
again call force from the city. The fire at the South end 
was still raging, and it was thought best to call upon Cam- 
bridge, Chelsea, Somerville, and the Navy Yard, for aid, 
which they promptly furnished. This succession of fires, 
occurring even under the most favorable circumstances, 
would have been considered serious, both from the character 



22 City Document. — No. 96. 

and contents of the buildings and their combustible sur- 
roundings, but, occurring as it did, on one of the most 
severe nights of the winter, with the thermometer below zero, 
and the wind blowing a fierce gale, it taxed to the utmost 
the energies and capacity of the department. 

PLYMPTON AND WAREHAM STREET FIRES. 

The following detailed account of the several fires may be 
of interest. The first fire was discovered a few minutes be- 
fore eleven, in the third story of Galvin and Currey's build- 
ing, on Plympton street, occupied by S. Parker & Co. as a 
furniture manufactory. The fire was then so far under way 
that a dense smoke was pouring out of a broken pane of glass 
in the front window. Box 68, corner of Wareham street and 
Harrison avenue, was promptly pulled, and Hook & Ladder 
Company No. 3 were warned. They went at once with their 
hose carriage, attached to a hydrant on Dedham street, and 
had a stream of water upon the fire before the alarm was 
struck. At that time the flames were coming out of all the 
rear windows of that story. In thirty-five minutes the walls 
fell. The flames and sparks were driven to leeward with such 
violence by the gale that the lumber-sheds and small build- 
ings on the opposite side of Plympton street caught fire at 
once and were partly burned. Beyond these this first fire 
did not extend, although the high buildings on the south side 
of Wareham street were very much exposed and were at 
times on fire. By half-past one o'clock, when the alarm was 
sounded for the Charlestown fire, this fire was under com- 
plete control. Engine 4 went to respond to the other alarm, 
but there remained Engines 3, 7, 12, 13, 14, 15, 22, 23, 25 ; 
Hose 2, 5, 7, 9 ; Ladders 3 and 4. 

Streams of water were kept constantly playing upon the 
ruins and the half-burned timber from Plympton street and 
from the rear windows of some of the buildings on Ware- 
ham street. 



Fire Commissioners' Report. 23 

At about two o'clock Mr. Zenas E. Smith (Smith and 
Jacobs) locked up his building and went home, having satis- 
fied himself, by a careful personal examination of it from top 
to bottom, that there was at that time no fire in it and no 
danger to it from the ruins behind. His own foreman had 
previously made a similar examination with the same result. 
And yet within two hours after Mr. Smith went away satis- 
fied that all was safe, a fire broke out in this very building, 
and had so spread itself through the building and into the 
adjacent ones before it was discovered that it was impossible 
to save it or them. During these two hours the officers and 
men of the department were on the ground with streams of 
water constantly playing. The thick smoke from the smoul- 
dering ruins was driven against Mr. Smith's building and 
prevented the men seeing the light of the fire, which was 
probably burning slowly inside, and it was only from the 
crackling of the fire which they heard, that they were led to 
suspect that Mr. Smith's building was on fire. The fire 
quickly crossed Wareham street, driven violently to leeward 
as before, and caught in J. J. McNutt's new building, occu- 
pied for the manufactory of furniture, which it was not long 
in destroying. 

Sparks in clouds were carried in the direction of Emerson's 
piano-forte manufactor}^, and over beyond into the lumber 
yard and planing mill (wooden buildings), on the water side 
of Albany street, directly opposite the factory. These lum- 
ber yards and buildings were soon a mass of flames. 

By six o'clock A.M. all danger of further spread of the 
fire was really over, but the entire available force was re- 
quired to extinguish the ruins, which still burned fiercely. 

The fact that the area burned over was considerable, and the 
destruction of property quite large, would excite no surprise 
in the mind of any one who was present, and could appreci- 
ate fully the very unusual combination of the most adverse 
conditions. The only matter of surprise to the Board is that 



24 City Document. — No. 96. 

the fire did not spread much farther, and cause very much 
greater loss ; in fact, it was only by extraordinary exertions 
that its further spread was prevented. The saving of certain 
buildings, which were either adjacent to, or directly in the 
line of the fire, reflects the highest credit upon the officers 
and men engaged, and is deserving of special mention ; nota- 
bly the five-story manufactory of Creasy & Noyes, which was 
greatly exposed, in both the first and second fires ; the Nov- 
elty works of J. J. McNutt, immediately adjoining the fac- 
tory burned, and Emerson's piano-forte factory, five stories 
high, with wooden cornice and mansard roof. 

CHARLESTOWN FIRES. 

The fire in Cunningham's boiler works started at the 
eastern end of the building, and communicated at once to 
Hittinger's building, immediately adjacent. They must both 
have been well on fire before the alarm was given, for when 
the department reached there, one third of Cunningham's 
building was in flames, and the fire was spreading through 
the whole of Hittinger's. The alarm given from Box 4, ten 
minutes after the CharlestOwn alarms, brought sufficient 
force from the city proper to prevent the fire doing much 
damage to other buildings ; although it caught in several 
places on the salt works, while sparks driven by the gale set 
fire to the rigging of the ship Reporter. Cunningham's and 
Hittinger's buildings were almost entirely destroyed, but the 
fire was got under complete control in the course of two 
hours, and the force from the city proper was sent home. 

There remained, however, all the hose companies of the 
Charlestown district to extinguish the smouldering ruins, and 
the fire boat lay in the dock by the side of Hittinger's 
Wharf, at work on the fire in the rigging of the ship 
Reporter. 

At 3.47 A.M., when the alarm came from Box 68 again, 
the Chief Engineer and several officers were on Hittinger's 



Fi^ie Commissioners' Eeport. 25 

Wharf, having just finished a careful examination of all parts 
of the wharf, without discovering any trace of fire. They 
were the more careful in their examination, as this wharf was 
directly to leeward of the first fire, and there was reason to 
fear that some of the sparks, flying over in clouds, might 
have caught in the hay-shed, although at that time there was 
no evidence of it. And yet, more than two hours after this 
time, this very hay-shed on Hittinger's Wharf was discovered 
by Engineer Bartlett to be completely on fire, and beyond 
the possibility of saving it. The sparks and flames burst out 
with such suddenness and violence that both he and others 
at work on the wharf were forced to run for their lives. 
During all this time, the Fire Boat was lying at Hittinger's 
Wharf, and the men were at that very moment trying to get 
a stream along the side of the wharf, to reach the fore top- 
sail yard of the Eeporter, where fire was still smouldering. 
The streams which had been playing upon the ruins of the 
first fire were at once turned upon this new fire, and alarm 
was given in Charlestown, and first and second alarms 
sounded from Box 4, to call what force could be spared from 
the city proper. Cambridge, Somerville, Chelsea and the 
Navy Yard responded promptly to the call made on them. It 
was at once evident that the building on Hittinger's Wharf 
could not be saved, and the force was directed to prevent 
the fire extending to the adjacent wharves. In this they 
were entirely successful. The salt works, which had been 
saved from the first fire, were destroyed with the other build- 
ings on Hittinger's Wharf. 

CAUSES OF THESE FIRES. 

The Board, after careful examination of all the evidence 
which they could get, have been unable to decide with cer- 
tainty as to the causes of the several fires, and the way in 
which they were started. Opinions have been freely ad- 
vanced by persons whose judgment is entitled to weight, 



2Q City Document. — No. 96. 

that one or more of these fires were incendiary, and there 
are certainly grounds for such opinions. There is reason to 
believe that the first fire on Plympton street was intentionally 
set, and, in the opinion of the Board, is unaccountable on any 
other theory. At the same time the evidence thus far 
obtained is not such as to fix the crime upon any one. The 
cause of the fire in Cunningham's works is unknown, but may 
have been the spontaneous combustion of waste, saturated 
with oil. The suspicions of incendiarism in the case of the 
second fires on Wareham street and Hittinger's Wharf are 
suspicions merely, and not supported by positive evidence. 
In the absence of such evidence, and, in fact, of all evidence 
pointing clearly in any direction, the Board are forced to 
assume that the fires in both instances caught in some way 
from the two earlier fires, and the fact that in each case the 
second fire was directly to leeward of the first would tend to 
confirm this view ; but there is very great difficulty in seeing 
how it could have so caught, since in both instances the 
Smith and Jacobs building and Hittinger's hay-shed were 
carefully looked over, after all sparks had ceased to fly, with- 
out discovering the least trace of smouldering fire. In the 
case of Smith and Jacobs' building, it is possible that a spark 
may have found its way into the " shaving chute," either 
through the shaving pit situated outside of the building, or 
through some small opening, and lay smouldering in the saw- 
dust for a long time before it broke into flame. When the 
fire was discovered, this chute was the part most completely 
on fire. The " shaving chutes " of the two adjacent build- 
ings, Smith and Jacobs', and Morton and Chesley's, were 
wooden rectangular tubes, running from the main floor of the 
two buildings till they came together out through the wall of 
the building, into a pit just outside, where the shavings from 
these buildings were collected to be used as fuel for the steam 
boilers. Whether or not the fire started in this way cannot 
be ascertained, but it is quite certain that these chutes, when 



Fire Commissioners' Eeport. 27 

once the fire was started, helped to spread it through these 
buildings with great rapidity. 

In the case of the fire on Hittingers Wharf, the hay-shed 
where it broke out was some distance from the building 
burned first, and separated effectually from it by buildings 
which were not burned, so that if the fire was communicated 
from the first building it must have been carried by sparks. 
The hay-shed was open at each end and considerably ex- 
posed, and flying sparks might easily enough have set fire to 
the bundles of hay inside. That it did take fire is no matter 
of surprise ; but that a spark should have found lodgment 
among the hay, and have lain smouldering between two and 
three hours in a shed through which the wind was drawing 
freely, and with such force that it would naturally have fanned 
the least fire quickly into flame, and that such a smouldering 
fire should have escaped the notice of the various persons 
who were searching for any indications of fire on that wharf, 
is something which it is difficult to believe ; and yet that fire 
must have originated in this way, or must have been set by 
some evil-disposed person. 

It does not appear that the officers or men of the depart- 
ment showed any neglect of duty, or were at fault in the 
matter ; but, on the contrary, the evidence all goes to show 
that they were well aware of the danger of fire being car- 
ried to other buildings, and that more than ordinary precau- 
tions were taken in consequence. As to the good conduct 
and admirable working of the department in preventing the 
spread of the fires when once started , there never was a question. 

For the valuable aid furnished by the Fire Department of 
Cambridge, Somerville, Chelsea, Medford, and the Navy 
Yard, at the second Charlestown fire, the Board at the time 
expressed the thanks of the city, and the desire to recipro- 
cate, should occasion require. . > 

, DANGERS AND ACCIDENTS. 

The duties of firemen when answering alarms are always 



28 City Document. — No. 96. 

beset with danger, and for this reason the Board deem it 
necessary to appeal to property owners to be careful in the 
construction and arrangement of buildings, and to use such 
precaution as is due to public servants who may be called, at 
any moment of the clay or night, to enter these buildings, 
filled with smoke, and fight against the spread and destruc- 
tion of fire. For the protection of the men under their con- 
trol and care, as well as for the more intelligent direction of 
operations when a fire breaks out, the Board make it incum- 
bent upon the Assistant Engineers to acquaint themselves 
with the condition of all buildings in their respective dis- 
tricts. Walls, roofs, stairways, hatchways, chimneys, doors 
and passageways are things to be noticed by them, and fre- 
quent reports in writing are called for, to make it sure that 
this important duty is not lost sight of or neglected. With 
the men the stroke of the alarm-bell means instant move- 
ment, and smoke and flame issuing from a building must 
be followed bravely to its very source, with but little chance 
for reflection, and none for hesitation. It is plainly, then, 
the duty of the Board to scrutinize closely beforehand, the 
construction and care of buildings, the storage of goods in 
buildings, the means of ingress and egress to and from 
buildings, and to protest against and complain of neglects 
and traps which wickedly, although not purposely, increase 
the danger of, at best, a dangerous calling. 

Nobody can be more strongly impressed with the impor- 
tance of promptness in reaching fires, or the absolute necessity 
of immediate action where a fire breaks out, than this Board, 
and it was with this conviction that they issued the order 
forbidding the practice of furious driving. To reach a fire 
speedily and safely is what is expected of the drivers of 
apparatus, and they must have a reasonable regard to the 
safety of those who may, be in the public streets at all times 
of alarms. The Board have no feeling in common with those 
who can see nothing but danger in rapid movement, and who 



Fire Commissioners' Keport. 



29 



do not understand why the right of way is given to the Fire 
Department ; but they forbid heedlessness and enjoin careful- 
ness, that the men and the apparatus may as speedily as 
possible be taken to the place of alarm and need. 

The number of accidents during the past year has been 
comparatively small. No lives have been lost at any fire, 
though the men have exposed themselves freely when 
occasion required. One accident resulted fatally. Mark 
~W. Hayes, a member of Engine Co. 26, fell from the seat 
while driving the engine at drill, and was run over by the 
engine, and instantly killed. It is supposed that he became 
suddenly faint and fell, for the horses were going slowly, 
and there was nothing to have thrown him from his seat. 
In the following list of the causes of the casualties to mem- 
bers of the department, all in the line of duty, those cases 
only are included where the injuries received were of a some- 
what serious nature, or resulted in permanent disability : — 



Fell from seat and run over by engine, 



Falling slates, 
Frozen hands, 
Falling from ladder, 
Fall from pile of boards 
By apparatus, 
Cut by an axe, 
Cut by glass, 
Scalded, 
Burned 



3 
3 

2 
1 
9 
1 
1 
1 
2 
— 23 



Total casualties, 



24 



30 City Document. — No. 96. 



DISCHARGES FOR CAUSE. 

The whole number of discharges for cause is 31, as 
follows : — 

Intoxication . .' . . . . .-.16 

Absence without leave ...... 6 

Neglect of duty . . . . . . . . 4 

Conduct prejudicial to good order .... 5 



31 

The intemperate use of liquor in one form or another has 
been the immediate cause in the majority of cases, and the 
proximate cause in nearly all of them. The Board enjoin 
upon all the members of the department an entire absti 
nence from intoxicating liquors, and do all that is possible to 
discourage the use of them. No pledge is exacted, but in all 
cases where intoxication is clearly proven, the member has 
been dismissed, and in no instance been readmitted to the 
department. Upon this point there can be no question that 
the good of the service demands the inflexible carrying out 
of the rules. 

EXPENSES OF THE DEPARTMENT. 

Previous to the commencement of the financial year the 
Board made an estimate of the amount which they thought 
would be necessary to carry on the department, and the 
City Council made an appropriation in accordance therewith. 
The estimate was based upon the expenses of the year just 
ending, with such additions as the increased territory and 
the proposed changes in the organization of the department 
would make necessary. In the expenditure of the money 
appropriated, the actual need of the department, without 
reference to what has been done heretofore, has governed the 
action of the Board ; and in closing the year with an unex- 
pended balance of $112,192.21, they deem it proper to state, 



Fire Commissioners' Eeport. 31 

that immediate attention to the requirements of the depart- 
ment has been their rule ; and no necessary expenditure has 
been delayed, to make a show of economy, or put off, to 
eifect favorably the condition of the appropriation. The 
items for repairs of apparatus and hose make nearly one- 
half the saving, but the apparatus and hose have been kept 
all the time in good order, and their present condition will 
certainly bear comparison with any other period in the 
history of the department. No special appropriation was asked 
for, or made for the purchase of new apparatus, but need- 
ful additions have been made to the extent of $7,441.50, and 
paid for out of the amount saved from the appropriation for 
repairs. 

The large increase in the number of men permanently em- 
ployed over those employed in the year ending May 1, 1874, 
is shown in a comparison of the aggregates of the pay-rolls 
for each year, as follows : — 

For the year ending May 1, 1875 . . $342,414 83 

" " " " May 1, 1674 . . 259,635 94 



Increase ' $82,778 89 

It will be readily seen, too, that the increase in the 
number of men permanently employed necessitates an increase 
in expenditures of all kinds, and yet our whole expenditure 
for the year is less than that of the preceding year. The 
Auditor's report shows the total amount paid for the Fire 
Department and Fire-alarm Telegraph to have been 

In the year ending May 1, 1874 . . . $642,732 76 
" " " " May 1, 1875 . . . 629,288 16 



Difference in favor of May, 1875 . . . $13,444 60 

The amount paid to the Cochituate Water Board for 
water, and care of hydrants, which is an arbitrary charge, 



32 City Document. — No. 96. 

based upon no actual use of water, is included in both years, 
and was as follows : — 

In the year ending May, 1875, — 
Water . . $57,240 00 
Hydrants . . 37,992 00 

$95,232 00 

In the year ending May, 1874, — 
Water . . $48,855 00 
Hydrants . . 32,256 00 

,111 00 



Difference in favor of May, 1875 . . $14,12100 

The item of repairs of houses is an entirely new charge to 
the expenses of the Fire Department, as always before the 
present year the work has been done under the direction of 
the Superintendent of Buildings, and charged to the Public 
Buildings department. 

At the commencement of the present year the City Council 
transferred this duty to the Fire Commissioners, with an ap- 
propriation of $20,000, of which only $6,815.28 has been 
used; but this amount is included in the $629,288.16, the ex- 
penses of the department for the year. The fitting up of a 
repair shop with machinery, and the tools to the amount of 
$5,526.84, is also included, in the same sum. 

In another place in this report we give a full statement of 
all the expenditures of the year, but these remarks we think 
necessary and sufficient to show how they compare with those 
under the old system, and how we have managed the financial 
affairs of the department. 

The Board closed their last report by expressing the hope 
that the result of the new organization would be good disci- 
pline and efficiency, a progressive and improving Fire De- 



Fire Commissioners' Report. 33 

partment. They feel that they have advanced somewhat in 
this direction, but aim at a standard always beyond any 
present accomplishment. 

ALFRED P. ROCKWELL, 
DAVID CHAMBERLAIN, 
TIMOTHY T. SAWYER. 

Fire Commissioners. 



BOAKD OF FIEE COMMISSIONERS. 

One member is appointed annually in April, for a term of 
three years from the first Monday in May following. The 
nomination is made by the Mayor, subject to confirmation 
by the City Council. 

David Chamberlin, for three years. 

Timothy T. Saavyer, for two years. 

Alfred P. Rockwell, Chairman, for one year. 

Salaries, $4,000 each. 

Frederick W. Smith, Jr., Cleric. Appointed by' the Fire 
Commissioners. 



ENGINEERS. 

CHIEF ENGINEER. 

William A. Green, 8 Montgomery place. 



ASSISTANT ENGINEERS. 



Joseph Dunbar, assigned to District 1. 



John Bartlett, " ' 


2. 


Wm. H. Cunningham, " ' 


3. 


Samuel Abbott, Jr., " ' 


4. 


John W. Regan, " ' 


5. 


George Brown, " ' 


6. 


George C. Fernald, " ' 


7. 


John Colligan, " ' 


8. 


James Munroe, " ' 


9. 


J. Foster He wins, " ' 


10. 


Brown S. Flanders, Inspector a 


nd Aid 


to the Chief. 





Fire Commissioners' Report. 



35 



Call Engineers. 

Charles A. Holbrook, assigned to that part of District 
8 located in Brighton. 

James P. Rogers, assigned to that part of District 10 
located in West Roxbnry. 

CLERKS. 

Henry W. Longley, 



Chas. R. Classen, 



B. F. Underbill, Jr. 



PAY-ROLL OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. 



AS ESTABLISHED BY THE BOARD. 

Chief Engineer .... $3,300 per annum. 



Supt. of Fire Alarms 


. 


2,500 


Assistant Engineers 


. 


1,600 


" " call, 


• 


300 


PERMANENT FORCE. 




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Foremen 


at the rate of 


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Assistant Foremen 


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1,100 


Enginemen 


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Laddermen 


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Chemical Enginemen . 


a a 


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FIRE-BOAT. 

Captain . . at the rate of $1,368.75 per annum. 

Mate . " 1,186 25 

Enginemen . . " " 1,368 75 " 

Assistant Enginemen " " 1,186 25 " 



36 



City Document. — No. 96. 



Steward 
Stoker 
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at the rate of 1,000 00 per annum. 
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PUNGS. 

There are 34 purigs in use by the department. 33 for 
carrying hose and 1 for jobbing. 15 of these pungs were 
built during the present year for the department, and 1 was 
purchased new. 

The Engines, Hose, Caps, Axes, Ladders, and all the 
other apparatus used by the Fire Department, are owned 
by the city, and are under the care and control of the Board 
of Fire Commissioners. 



COAL HOUSES AND WAGONS. 

COAL HOUSES. 

No. 1 is located on Salem street. This house is in good 
repair, and supplies for the north and west sections of the 
city are taken from it in case of a large fire. 

No. 2 is located on Orleans street, East Boston. From this 
house, in case of fire, supplies are taken for the East Boston 
department. 

COAL WAGONS. 

1. Engine House No. 11, Sumner street, East Boston. 

2. Engine House No. 27, Elm street, Charlestown Dis- 

trict. 

3. Coal House No. 1, Salem street. 

4. Engine House No. 14, Centre street, Eoxbury Dis- 

trict. 

5. Engine House No. 4, Bulfinch street. 

6. Engine No. 3, old house, Washington street, near l'^ ( 

Dover. 

7. Engine House No. 23, Northampton street. 



44 City Document. — No. 96. 

8. Hook & Ladder House No. 5, Fourth, near Dorchester 

street, South Boston. 

9. Engine House No. 24, Warren, corner Quincy street, 

Roxbury District. 

10. Engine House No. 18, Harvard street, Dorchester 

District. 

11. Engine House No. 19, Norfolk street, Dorchester Dis- 

trict. 

12. Engine House No. 20, Walnut street, Dorchester 

District. 

13. Engine House No. 21, Boston street, Dorchester Dis- 

trict. 

14. Engine House No. 16, Temple Street, Dorchester Dis- 

trict. 

15. Engine House No. 28, Centre street, West Roxbury 

District. 



FIRE APPARATUS AT STATIONARY POINTS. 

HOSE CARRIAGES AND HOSE. 

There is apparatus located at the following points, for the 
more immediate protection of the neighborhood, and without 
organized companies : — 

One hose carriage, with two hundred and fifty feet of 
2-inch leather hose, at the City Hospital, on Harrison 
avenue. 

One hose carriage at the Apparatus Repair Shop, on Har- 
rison avenue, with one thousand feet of hose. 

One hose carriage, with four hundred feet of 2|-inch hose, 
at old Hook and Ladder House No. 4, Eustis street, High- 
lands. 

At each of the above places are the needful wrenches, 
goosenecks, and pipes to be used with the hose. 



Fire Commissioners' Report. 45 

One hose carriage, with one thousand feet of 2|-inch hose, 
at Engine House No. 25, Washington square, to be used in 
cases of large fires. 

SPARE APPARATUS. 

Deer Island. One hand engine, with two hose carriages 
and seven hundred feet of rubber and cotton hose, belonging 
to the Fire Department, and stored here, to be used by the 
convicts within the prison, if required. 

Steam fire-engines, formerly known as Nos. 1,2, 7, 9, and 
21, one known as Jamaica Plain, one known as Mystic No. 
1, are kept as spare engines. 

Hose carriages, formerly known as Nos. 1, 2, 3, 5 and 8. 

One hand engine, known as " Boston" No. 8, stored at the 
Repair Shop, also one known as Charles River, at Brighton 
and one at House of Chemical Engine No. 4, Roslindale. 

FIRE-LADDERS. 

There are fire-ladders kept in the following locations, to be 
used only in cases of fire in the immediate vicinity, before 
other apparatus can be brought to bear. 

Engine House on Fourth, near K street, four ladders. 

2 at City Hall, Charlestown District. 

2 at Warren School-house, Charlestown District. 

2 at High School-house, " 

2 at Winthrop School-house, " 

2 at Prescott School-house, " 

2 at Bunker Hill School-house, " 

2 at Hose House No. 2, " 

2 at Hose House No. 4, " 

4 at Chemical 4's House, Roslindale. 

4 at Hand Engine House, West Roxbury. 



46 



City Document. — No. 96. 



HYDRANTS. 

During the year 433 hydrants have been established and 
194 abandoned, as follows : — 





Established. 


Abandoned. 




Lowry. 


Boston. 


Post. 


Total. 


Lowry. 


Boston. 


Total. 




163 

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51 
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25 


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433 


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189 


194 



Total number of hydrants May 1, 1875 : — 





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Boston. 


Post. 


Total. 




350 
121 
75 
606 
501 
138 


906 
344 
197 
86 
17 
32 
14 


1 
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1,256 




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272 




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3 


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Fire Commissioners' Eeport. 



47 



FIRE RESERVOIRS. 

Where Water can be obtained in case of Fire within the City of Boston, 

May 1, 1875. 



No. 


Location. 


Capacity. 
(Hhds.) 


Filled by. 


Remarks. 


1 


Auburn, cor. Livingston street . . . 




4-inch pipe. 




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Anderson street, opposite Phillips 


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300 to 400 


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Cover in Irving st. 


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ii 

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53 


Mount Vernon street, near Louishurg 


ii ii 


54 




ii ii 




Cover in Irving st. 


55 




ii ii 






56 


Pearl street, opposite Sturgis street . 


ii ii 


If 


Iron cover. 


57 




ii ii 


If 


Cover in Carver st. 



Fire Commissioners' Eeport. 



49 



Fire Reservoirs. — Continued. 



Location. 


Capacity. 
(Hhds.) 


Pilled by. 


Remarks. 












300 to 400. 


4-inch pipe. 


Iron cover. 


Salem street, front of Christ Church . 


it a 


" 


k » 


Shawmut ave., cor. of Canton street . 


■ < M 










, 






300 to 400 


« 




State street, opp. Traveller Building . 


" 


CI 


Iron cover. 








tt Cl 


South Market st., opp. No. 35 ... . 


300 to 400 


tt 


Cover opp. No. 35. 


Sudbury square, opp. No. 52 ... . 


(t CI 


tt 


Cover in centre. 


Somerset street, cor. of Allston . . . 


C( 11 


" 








It 






300 to 400 




Cover in square. 


Tremont street, at entrance to Pem- 


a a 


ti 








" 




Tremont, cor. of Park street .... 


300 to 400 


tl U 


Tremont, cor. of Mason street .... 


« 


.-< 


a n 






2-inch pipe. 




Tremont street, front of "Winthrop 






Tremont, cor. of Hollis street .... 


60 to 70 












Cover in centre. 




300 to 400 


4-inch pipe.- 


Iron cover. 


"Washington, cor. of Milk street . . . 


j. .« 


« 


e Cover on side- 
< walk, corner Old 
( South Church. 


"Washington cor. of Franklin street . 




Cl 


Cover in Franklin 


Washington street, cor. Avon place . 


300 to 400 


« 


St. 

Cover in Avon pi. 


Washington st., opp. Boston Theatre 




" 


Iron cover. 


"Washington, opp. Common street . . 


300 to 400 




Cover on sidewalk. 






CI 




"Washington, cor. of Kneeland street 




Cl 


Iron cover. 


"Washington, cor. of East Castle street 


300 to 400 


" 


Cover in E. Castle 

St. 








"Washington street, front of Old 


300 to 400 


,( 


Cover on sidewalk. 



50 



City Document. — No. 96. 



Fire Reservoirs. — Continued. 



No. 

90 

91 

92 
93 
94 

95 



97 



101 

102 
103 
104 
105 

106 
107 
108 
109 
110 
111 
112 
113 

114 
115 

116 



Location. 



Washington street, opposite South 
May 



"Washington, near cor. Union Park 
street 



Washington, cor. of Brookline street 

Washington, cor.^orthampton street 

Washington street, opposite Metro- 
politan place 



Warrenton. cor. of Eliot street . . . 

BOUTH BOSTON. 

Broadway, near Dorchester avenue . 

A street, opposite church, near 
Broadway 



Broadway, opposite 136, near B street 

Broadway, opposite Baptist church . 

Broadway, opposite Hawes School- 
house 



Broadway, opposite the gate of No. 
579 



B, cor. Fourth street . . 
C street, opposite Bolton 
D street, near Broadway 



Broadway, opposite No. 483, near 
Dorchester 



E street, opposite No. 331 .... 

E, cor. of Baxter street 

Fourth, cor. Dorchester avenue . 

Fourth, cor. of E street 

Fourth, cor. of Dorchester street 
Fifth, cor. of Dorchester avenue . 

Emerson street 

Second, near Dorchester street . 



EAST BOSTON. 
Cottage, near Sumner street 



Central square, near cor. of Liver- 
pool and Porter streets 



Chelsea, nearly opp. Decatur st. 



Capacity. 

(Ilhds.) 



300 to 400 



300 to 400 



300 to 400 



Filled by. 



4-inch pipe. 



Wooden cover. 



Iron cover. 



Cover opposite the 
church. 



Cover on sidewalk. 



Iron cover. 



On sidewalk, side 
of church. 



Iron cover. 



Fiee Commissioners' Report. 
Fire Reservoirs. — Continued. 



51 



Location. 



Lexington street, opp. 54 and 56 . . • 
Liverpool, cor", of Maverick street . . 
Maverick sq., opp. Hummer's store . 
Meridian St., opp. the Public Library 
Meridian street, opp. 243 and 245 . • 
Monmouth, near cor. of Marion st. . 



Saratoga street — cover 24 feet, opp. 
Nos. 27 and 29 



Sumner street, opp. 412 .... 
Trenton street, opp. No. 86 . . 
"Webster street, opp. No. 126 . 

ROXBURY DISTRICT. 

Albany street, opp. No. 828 . . 
Adams, cor. of Dudley street . 
Cedar street, near Lambert avenue 
Centre, cor. of Gardner street . . 
Dudley, cor. of Kenilworth street 
Dudley, near "Warren street . . . 
Dudley, cor. of Greenville street 
Dudley, cor. of Hamden street . 

Eliot square 

Ellis, cor. of Hawthorne street . 
Forest street, opp. No. 36 ... . 
Greenville, cor. of Winthrop street 
Hampden street, opp. Norfolk ave, 
Highland, cor. of Cedar street . . 
Heath street, cor. of Heath place 

King street, opp. No. 15 

Mt. Pleasant avenue, opposite No 
Milmont street, opposite No. 20 . 
Norfolk street, opposite No. 30 . 
Oakland, corner of Thornton street 
Parker, corner of Alleghany street 
Regent, near St. James street . . . 



Capacity. 
(Hhds.) 



200 to 300 



300 to 400 


700 




600 to 


700 


200 to 


300 



400 to 500 
200 to 300 



Filled by 



4-inch pipe. 



Iron cover. 



Cover on sidewalk. 



Cover opposite. the 
fountain. 



Cover in square. 



52 



City Document. — No. 96. 



Fire Reservoirs. — Continued. 



No. 

149 
150 
151 
152 
153 

154 
155 
156 
157 
158 

159 
160 

161 
162 
163 
164 
165 
166 
167 



169 
170 
171 

172 

173 
174 
175 
176 
177 
178 



Location. 



Ruggles, corner of Cabot street . . . 

Ruggles street, opp. Lingham's store 

Smith street, opposite No. 19 ... . 

Bwett, corner of Reed street .... 

Shawmut avenue, opposite Willow 
park 



Shawmut avenue, cor. Bartlett street 

Vernon, corner of Auburn street . . 

Vernon, corner of Belmont street . . 

"Warren, near Washington street . . 

Warren street, junction of Walnut 
avenue ... 



Warren, corner of Waverly street . 

Warren street, junction of Blue-hill 
avenue 



Washington, corner of Eustis street . 
Washington, opposite Zeigler street . 
Washington, junction of Linden park 
Walnut avenue, opposite No. 92 . . 
Winthrop street, cor. Blue-hill avenue 
Winslow, corner of Tabor street . . 
Yeoman, corner of Chadwick street . 

DORCHESTER DISTRICT. 

Adams, corner of Hancock street . . 

Boston, corner of Cottage street . . . 

Dorchester avenue, cor. of Adams st. 

Everett, cor. of Elm street, — Harri- 
son square 



Capacity. 

(Hhds.) 



Meeting-House Hill, opposite Engine 
17 house . 



Narragansett, near Minot street . . . 

Richmond, near Washington street . 

Sumner, cor. of Stoughton street . . 

Walnut street, opposite Post Office . 

Washington, cor. Bowdoin street . . 

Washington et., opposite Grleason's 
factory 



200 to 300 
600 to 700 
300 to 400 
400 to 500 

600 to 700 
300 to 400 
200 to 300 
800 to 900 
400 to 500 

200 to 300 
400 to 500 

600 to 700 
200 to 300 
400 to 500 
200 to 300 
400 to 500 

700 
600 to 700 
200 to 300 



FILLET) BY. 



4-inch pipe. 
u 

Spring. 
4-inch pipe. 



500 to 600 


CI it 

100 to 200 


500 to 600 


u ct 


700 to 800 


200 to 300 



Spring. 
4-inch pipe. 

Spring. 
4-inch pipe. 



Spring. 

4-inch pipe. 
Spring. 



Iron cover. 



Fire Commissioners' Report. 
Fire Reservoirs. — Continued. 



53 



No. 


Location. 


Capacity. 
(Galls.) 


Filled by. 


Remakks. 




CHARLE8TOWN DISTRICT. 








179 


At the Neck, near Albee's store . . . 


50,000 


Spring. 


Large. 


180 


Austin street, near head of First . . . 


27,000 


Rain. 


Outlets from street. 


181 


Austin street, junction of Lawrence . 


28,000 


Church. 




182 


Junction of Bartlett and Green streets 


25,000 


Rain. 


U II (I 


183 


Bunker Hill street, between Linden 


27,000 
27,000 


Hydrant. 
Rain. 




184 


Bunker Hill street, near gun-house . 


i< u <• 


185 


Cor. of Bunker Hill and Elm streets . 


28,000 


" 


a it ii 


186 


Cor. of Bunker Hill and Cook streets 


25,000 


If 


ii ii <i 


187 


Cor. of Bunker Hill and Decatur sts. 


25,000 


" 


ti ii ti 


188 


Bow street, opposite Richmond . . . 


27,000 


Epis. Church. 




189 


Cor. of Bainbridge and Moulton sts. . 


27,000 


Spring. 




190 


Common street, south-east corner of 


25,000 


Rain. 


it ii ii 


191 


City square, near Bunker Hill Bank . 


30,000 




ii it ii 


192 


Chestnut street, opposite No. 44 . . . 


26,000 


" . 


it ii it 


193 


Concord street, 150 feet from Bunker 


15,000 

28,000 
25,000 
26,000 


Spring. 


* 


194 


Ferrin street, 100 feet from Bunker 




195 




First Church. 
Spring. 




196 


Junction of Henley and "Warren sts, . 




197 


Junction of Henley and Chelsea sts. . 


27,000 


" 




198 




27,000 


Houses. 




199 


High street, head of Pleasant .... 


27,000 


Church. 




200 


Head of Thorndike street, near Main 


10,000 


Spring. 




201 


Junction of Main, Bunker Hill and 


60,000 
27,000 


„ 




202 


Cor. of Lexington and Tremont sts. . 


« 




203 




20,000 


" 




204 


Main street, junction of Austin and 


35,000 
15,000 






205 


Main street, opposite Albion court . 


« 




206 


Main street, opposite Phipps street . 


25,000 


Rain. 


i( ii ii 


207 


Main street, junction of Mill street . ■ 


30,000 


u 


it ii ii 


208 




25,000 


Spring. 





54 



City Document. — No. 96. 

Fire Reservoirs. — Continued. 



No. 


Location. 


Capacity. 

(Galls.) 


Filled by. 


Remarks. 


209 


Oak street, junction of Russell . . . 


25,000 


Spring. 




210 




25,000 


" 




211 




26,000 


" 




212 


Cor. of Summer and Elm streets . . 


25,000 


" 




213 


Union street, between Washington 


25,000 
25,000 


Houses. 
Spring. 




214 


Walker street, junction of Bartlett . 




215 


Warren street, near Monument ave. . 


25,000 


a 




216 


Cor. of Chelsea and Henley place . . 


25,000 


Spring & well. 





List of Reservoirs and Wells established in West Boxbury District. 











Capacity. 


No. 


Location. 


Reservoirs. 


Depth. 


(Galls.) 


217 


Hyde's Corner, corner Perkins and 


Reservoir. 












9 feet. 


18,000 


218 


Centre street, opposite Mr. Emerson's 


CI 


US " 


23,000 


219 


Corner of Centre and Green streets . 


" 


16 " 


32,000 


220 


At No. 1 Engine House, Centre street 


Well. 


19 " 




221 




M 


16 " 




222 




" 


22 " 




223 


On Eliot street, opposite Mr. Swett's 


CC 


26 " 




224 


On Burrough street, opposite Dr. 


(( 


20 " 




225 


On Burrough street, corner of Brewer 


(1 


19 " 




226 


On Burrough street, opposite school- 


u 


22| " 




227 
228 




IC 


15 " 




On Chestnut street, opposite William 




9 " 


16,600 


229 


On Lamartine street, opposite James 


(I 


11 " 


22,000 


230 




It 


11 " 


22,000 


231 


Corner of Harris and Seaverns avenue 


'« 


11 " 


22,000 


232 


Corner of Walnut and School streets 


<< 


10 " 


20,000 



Fire Commissioners' Report. 55 

List of Reservoirs and Wells in West Roxbury District. — Con. 



235 

•236 
237 
238 
239 
240 



Location. 



West Roxbury, near Post Office, 
Centre street 

Corner School street and Shawmut 
avenue ... 

Corner Chestnut street and Spring 
park 

Corner Centre and Orchard streets 

Corner South and Poplar streets . . 

Corner Centre and Lagrange streets . 

Mt. Vernon, near Centre street . . . 

Poplar street, Roslindale 



Reserv oirs. 



Reservoir. 



u 


10 " 


it 


10 " 


Well. 


22 « 


Reservoir. 


10 " 


" 


10 " 


« 


14 " 


Well. 


10 " 



Depth. 



10 feet. 



Capacity. 

(Galls.) 



20,000 
25,000 
25,000 

25,000 



BRIGHTON DISTRICT. 



241 
242 
243 



Location. 



Brighton Centre . 
Union Square . . . 
School-house yard 



Capacity. 

(Hhds.) 



250 
200 
200 



Remarks. 



Self-supplied from pond. 
Supplied from Union Hall. 
Supplied from school-house. 



EXPENDITURES OF FIRE DEPARTMENT FROM MAY 1st, 1874, TC> APRIL 30tli, 1875. 



Salaries 

Repairing Apparatus 

New Apparatus 

aters 

Repairing Bouses 

New Hose 

Repairing Hose 

Printing and Stationery 

Fin 1 for Houses 

Fuel for Engine* 



Furniture, Bedding, etc 

Washing 

Horse Pure! I Ex hange 

Hay, Grain, etc 

Water for Houses and Fire Boat . ... 

Water for Hydrants 

< (are of Hydrants and Rosen oirs 

Harness and Repairing 

Horse-shoeing, etc 

Cartage, Express, Horse Hire, Keeping, etc, 

i lils, Preservatives, etc 

Tools, Stable Furniture, etc. ....... 

Hat-, Badges, Buttons, etc 

Ladders, Rnkes, AxeB, etc. 

US eti- 

Small Supplies 

Rations and Supplies. Fire Boat 

Extra Service 

Tools and Machinery. Uepair Shop . . . 
Contingencies 



M7 . ..7 
l,41ii 74 

2 i 



12 34 

23 52 

380 M 

145 24 

■2:,:. 60 

4 8 7 
1.460 45 
: 
161 19 



8i or 

41 23 

'.'7 48 

14 2.:, 

386 59 

168 19 

317 



$28,492 -14 

658 ii : 

152 95 

292 vi 
362 70 

- " - 

438 01 

302 58 

1.727 13 

234 40 

2,675 00 

1,305 91 

1.090 00 

57,240 00 

37,992 00 

6 

292 63 

171' 25 

147 90 

18 50 

527 61 

27.1 31 

115 .'.2 

lii4 05 
327 18 



$30,813 87 

1.7I1H Hi] 

702 '.'! 

2ln 60 
93 5 1 

174 85 
l'i 75 
07 18 

202 34 
12 

218 'i7 

1.22 

1,1.21; n7 



220 45 

295 1.:; 
122 85 
1 18 SS 
203 10 
291 57 
25 47 
62 03 
133 "7 
is- 55 



130,716 ''7 
3,337 90 



193 09 
181 03 
275 00 
570 30 
076 18 
015 12 
21 'J 84 

1.040 nil 
1.514 44 



155 19 
2S7 01 
124 23 
25 10 
84 01 
157 in 
02 45 
1.112 40 

170 40 

1. ' ■ 



$30,159 I" 
964 64 
650 00 

7S0 12 
3,593 89 
[I 
106 13 
85 60 
144 00 

246 73 
251 23 

247 23 



177 48 
298 60 
71 75 
99 59 
100 38 
333 25 
6 00 
041 14 
60 65 
17.' 34 
4 00 



$30,313 97 
1,129 20 
1.800 00 

017 65 
450 35 
150 31 
103 07 
1,330 05 
36 75 
396 32 



93 65 
199 66 

78 30 

78 25 
160 78 

23 35 

797 81 

145 :., 
105 0.1 



$30,433 96 
1,798 43 



111 73 

211 81 
014 3", 
24 00 

1.U14 65 
317 95 
227 21 
150 00 

1.078 44 



389 68 

5 :',0 
113 74 
107 73 
170 06 



100 01 

105 Oil 






i 5 1 s7 
1, 97 27 



75 115 
■ 86 25 

: (37 77 

01 50 
|B81 77 

1. 116 12 



January. 



80 70 
294 13 

12 25 
'.11 01 
86 26 
40 30 



25 I" 
4'.i 25 
105 nil 
58 00 
78 00 



$30,589 20 
1,152 "1 

2.117 50 

1,110 on 

4,616 19 

77 27 

189 24 

405 05 

401 20 
428 12. 
193 62 
575 00 

2,005 14 



258 12 

322 50 
150 58 
3 90 
12 00 
381 00 
28 84 
284 01 
115 27 
105 00 
87 50 
12 75 
01 27 



February. 



$31,128 84 

1,2 hi 61 
040 00 

310 23 
1,463 19 

07 Oil 

118 43 

700 67 

1,821 01 

1,658 60 

115 88 



155 76 
040 10 
90 00 
90 22 
104 70 
64 00 
195 01 
925 62 

137 14 
293 38 
56 67 
980 18 



$31,663 94 

180 00 

274 10 

1,300 00 

129 08 

230 02 

412 30 
446 98 
186 90 

274 S7 



48 "2 
349 49 
17 40 

43 27 
107 0.7 

21 HI' 

27 83 

288 1 
115 74 
5S9 33 

87 74 
2n on 



1.182 36 

67 15 

202 18 



73 (10 
114 42 

61 50 

7''. 17 

822 81 
105 00 

177 70 

5.14U 89 

27 1 14 



18,104 SO 

7,441 50 

1,894 33 

14 
4,430 30 

7,940 00 

21,23li 'I 
1,090 00 

1,854 33 

1,153 70 
1.173 SO 

1,055 10 



INCOME. — FIRE DEIWttTM ENT. 



1 of en - . . . . 

Returned by paymaster . 

Sali of manure 

old materials . . 



ses 



bell . 



FIRES AND ALARMS 



FROM 



MAT 1ST, 1874, TO APEIL 30TH, 1875 



MAT. 

Friday. Poverty Court, between Cabot and Warwick Sts., Higblands. Two- 

lst. and one-half story wooden tenement-house, 30 X 20. 

2.44 a.m. Owned by David Nichols. 

Box 217. Loss $1,009. No Insurance. 

Occupied by several families. 
Fire originated near the chimney, and extended to the next building. 
Caused by an overheated stove. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 13. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 7. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 12, 13, 14, 22, 23 and 24; Hose 
No. 7; Hook and Ladder No. 4; Extin- 
guisher Nos. 2 and 4. 
Asst. Engineer Colligan in command. 

Saturday. False alarm. 

2d. Companies called, Engine Nos. 1, 2, 7 and 15; Hose Nos. 2, 9, 10 

8.52 p.m. and 12; Hook and Ladder No. 5; Extin- 

Box 142. , guisher No. 2 ; Fire Boat. 

Asst. Engineer Brown in command. 



Saturday. False alarm. 

2d. Companies called, Engine Nos. 1, 2 and 15 ; Hose Nos. 9, 10 and 

10.01^ p.m. 12 ; Hook and Ladder No. 5 ; Extinguisher 

Box 131. No. 2. 

Asst. Engineer Brown in command. 
5 



58 



City Document. — No. 96. 



May. 

Sunday. 

3d. 
9.35 a.m. 
Box 13. 



Coe. Lawrence St. and Seminary Place, Charlestown. Three- 
story wooden budding 30 X 50. 
Owned by Mrs. Downer. 

Occupied by Frank Downer. " Prescott House." 
Alarm caused by smoke beating down the chimney. 
Alarm given by a citizen. 

Companies called, Engine No. 1; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4; Hook 
and Ladder No. 1 ; C. F. D. 
Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 



Sunday. West Camden St. 

3d. Fire caused by the burning of some old rubbish. 
2.40 p.m. Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 7. 

Still alarm. 

Sunday. No. 3i Beacon St. Five-story brick building. 

3d. Owned by Abbott Lawrence. 

7.32 p.m. Occupied by several parties. 

Box 35. Fire originated from some unknown cause in a closet in the third 
story. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 4 ; extinguished with pails of water. 
Alarm given by a citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 7, 8, 10 and 25 ; Hose Nos. 2, 3 
and 8 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 ; 
Chemical Engine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Sunday. Nos. 43 and 45 Washington Square. Iron-front building. 

3d. Occupied by Mr. Adams, wool store. 

10.45 p.m. Fire originated from some unknown cause among some wool. 

Still alarm. Companies called, Engine No. 25 ; Hook and Ladder No. 8. 

Sunday. Cor. First and C Sts., South Boston. Two-story wooden building 

3d. 40 X 50. 

11.00 p.m. Owned by Donegan Brothers. 

Still alarm. Occupied by Donegan Brothers, cooper's shop. 

Fire originated on first floor. 
Caused by an overheated furnace. 
Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 9. 

Monday. No. 6 Washington Court, Highlands. Dwelling. 

4th. Owned by heirs of Ruth Bates. 

4.45 p.m. Occupied by Mr. Stevenson. 

Still alarm. Fire caused by children playing with matches. 
Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 14. 



Fire Commissioners' Report. 



59 



Mat. 

Monday. 

4th. 

11.15 P.M. 

Box 17. 



Prison Point Bridge, Charlestown. One-story wooden building. 
Owned by the Eastern Railroad Co. 

Loss $150. No Insurance. 
Occupied by Eastern Railroad Co., depot. 
Eire originated on the floor. 
Caused by sparks from a locomotive. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 1. 
Eirst water on fire, Hook and Ladder No. 1, with Hose belonging to 

the Railroad Co. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine No. 1 ; Hose Nos 
and Ladder No. 1 ; C 
Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 



1, 2, 3 and 4; Hook 
E. D. 



Tuesday. These alarms were given to oall assistance to a fire in Hyde Park. 



5th. 

1.54 A.M. 

Box 353. 

4.02 a.m. 

Second alarm, 

4.07 a.m. 

Third alarm. 



Companies called, Engine Nos. 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21; Hook 

■ and Ladder Nos. 6 and 7. v 

First alarm given by police. 

Second and third alarms given by individual members. 
Asst. Engineer Hewins in command. 



Tuesday. No. 4 Walker Place. Two-story wooden tenement-house. 

5th. Owned by C. A. Richards. 

4.45 a.m. Occupied by several families. 

Still alarm. Fire originated from some unknown cause in the second story. 
Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 23. 
Engineman Williams in command. 

Tuesday. No. 8 Brook Avenue, Dorchester. Wooden dwelling. 

5th. Owned by Austin E. Mylod. 

1.44 p.m. Occupied by Austin E. Mylod. 

Box 315. Fire originated on the roof. 

Caused by sparks from a roofer's tar-kettle. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 12, 17, 21 and 24 ; Hook and Ladder 

Nos. 4 and 7. 
Alarm given by police. 

Asst. Engineer Munroe in command. 



Tuesday. No. 100 Merrimac St. 

5th. Owned by Smith & Gerrish. 

10.45 a.m. Occupied by William Hilton, paper-box factory. 

Still alarm. Fire caused by a defective flue. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 6. 



60 



City Document. — No. 96. 



Mat. 

Wednesday. 
6th. 
3.34i p.m. 
Box 25. 



No. 14 North Anderson St. Three-story brick tenement-house. 

Owned by VVm. A. Thompson. 

Occupied by several families. 
Fire originated in the wall. 
Caused by children playing with matches. 
First company at fire, Hose No. 3. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 3. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 8, 10 and 25; Hose No. 3; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 ; Chemical 
Engine No. 1. 

Asst. Engineer Abbott in command. 



Tuesday. Nos. 15, 17, 19, 21, 23 and 25 Chelsea St., Charlestown. Two and 

7th. one-half story wooden buildings. 

2.15 a.m. No. 15, owned by Mrs. Nagle. 

Box 21. Loss $1,400. Insurance $2,000. 

Occupied by John Cross, cooper's shop. 

Loss $2,500. No Insurance. 
No. 17, owned by the Coburn heirs. 

Loss $5C0. No Insurance. 
Occupied by B. L. Neiss. 

Loss $400. No Insurance. 
Nos. 19 and 21, owned by the Coburn heirs. 

Loss $700. No Insurance. 
Occupied by Mr. Murphy, livery stable. 
Nos. 23 and 25 owned by B. F. Parker heirs. 

Loss $200. Insurance $1,600. 
Fire originated in cooper shop, and extended to stable. 
Caused by incendiary. 
First company at fire, Hose No. 3. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 3. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine No. 1; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4; Hook 
and Ladder No. 1 ; C. F. D. ; Fire Boat. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Thursday. This alarm was given to call assistance to the fire on Chelsea St., 
7th. Charlestown. 

2.37 a.m. Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10 and 25 ; Hose No. 3 ; 
Box 4. Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 ; Chemical 

Engine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Friday. Dorchester Avenue, South Boston. Two and one-half story brick 
8th. building, 150 X 70. 



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1.46 a.m. 
Box 125. 



Owned by Naylor & Co. 

Occupied by Naylor & Co., Norway iron works. 
Alarm given by a citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 1, 2, 7, 15 and 21 ; Hose Nos. 2, 9, 
10 and 12; Hook and Ladder No. 5; Ex- 
tinguisher No. 2. 
Asst. Engineer Brown in command. 



Friday. No. 63 Indiana Place. Brick dwelling. 

8th. Owned by M. M. Saunders. 

8.15 p. m. Occupied by Mrs. M. J. Thompson. 

Still alarm. Eire caused by the explosion of gas. 

Extinguished by Extinguisher No. 2. 

Saturday. No. 55 Blue Hill Avenue, Highlands. Wooden dwelling. 
9th. Owned by N. J. Bean. 

8.14 a.m. Occupied by N. J. Bean. 

Box 234. Eire originated from some unknown cause in the cellar among 
some waste paper. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 12, 13, 14, 21, 23 and 24; Hose 
No. 7; Hook and Ladder. No. 4; Extin- 
guisher Nos. 2 and 4. 
Asst. Engineer Munroe in command. 

Sunday. No. 1 Ransom Court. 

10th. Owned by Ira J. Litchfield. 

9.12 p.m. Occupied by Mr. Hamilton. 

Still alarm. Eire originated among some old rags from some unknown cause. 
Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 6. 

Monday. No. 519 Harrison Avenue. Three-story brick tenement, 18 X 25. 

11th. Owned by Mr. Herman. 

3.00 p.m. Occupied by several families. 

Still alarm. Eire originated from some unknown cause in 2d story. 

Extinguished by Hook & Ladder Co. No. 3, with pails of water. 
Foreman Prescott in command. 



Monday. No. 6 Bulfinch St. Six-story brick dwelling. 

11th. Owned by John T. Clark. 

8.35 p.m. Occupied by Mr. Webber. 

Still alarm. Eire originated in a window curtain. 

Caused by coming in contact with gas jet. 
Companies called, Engine No. 4 and Chemical Engine No. 1. 
Foreman Cheswell in command. 



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Mat. 

Monday. 

11th. 

11.03 p.m. 

Box 17. 

Charlestown. 



Eastern Eailroad, Cambridge. One-story wooden building. 
Owned by E. E. E. Co. 
Occupied by E. E. E. Co. Switch house. 
Alarm given by a citizen. 
Eire originated on floor. 
Cause, incendiary. 

Companies called, Engine No. 1, Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4; Hook and 
Ladder No. 1 ; C. F. D. 
Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 



Tuesday. No. 2 Bowdoin St. Eour-story brick building. 

12th. Owned by Skimmin Heirs. 

0.36 a.m. Occupied by James Knowlton. " Bowdoin House." 

Box 23. Eire originated in the laundry from some unknown cause. 

First companies at fire, Engine No. 4, Chemical Engine No. 1. 
First water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 1. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25; Hose No. 3; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8 ; Chemical En- 
gine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Tuesday. Nos. 56 and 58 Billerica St. Brick building. 

12th. Owned by Charles F. Adams and Eob't Butler. 

5.30 a.m. Occupied by several families. 

Still alarm. Fire caused by a defective flue. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 6. 

Tuesday. No. 6 J Prospect St. Three-story brick dwelling. 

12th. Owned by Mrs. Eoby. 

8.07 p.m. Occupied by C. G. McGrath. 

Box 5. Fire originated in a mattress. 

Caused by the upsetting of a kerosene lamp. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 6. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 6. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25 ; Hose No. 3 ; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8 ; Chemical En- 
gine No. 1 ; Fire Boat. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Tuesday. No. 71 Broad St. Six-story brick building, 30 X 50. 

12th. Owned by B. M. Clark & Co. 

9.32 p.m. Occupied by B. M. Clark & Co. Paint and oil store. 

Box 46. No fire ; alarm caused by a dense volume ©f smoke issuing from 
chimney. 



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Alarm given by patrol. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 15, 25; Hose Nos. 
2, 3, 9 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8; Chem- 
ical Engine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Wednesday. No. 56 Chester Square. Brick dwelling. 
13th. Owned by John Taylor. 

3.00 p.m. Occupied by John Taylor. 

Still alarm. Fire caused by defective flue. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 23. 

Thursday. Washington St., Brighton. 

14th. Owned by Heirs of Mr. Allen. 

1.10 a.m. Occupied by J. F. Bates. 

Still alarm. Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 1. 

Thursday. McKay's Wharf, near Crescent Aye., Dorchester. 

14th. Fire originated. in a pile of cedar posts. 

0.56 p.m. Caused by boys playing with matches. 

Box 313. Companies called, Engine Nos. 17, 18, 21; Hook and Ladder 

No. 7. 
Asst. Engineer Munroe in command. 

Thursday. Vacant lot on Harrison Aye. 
14th. Owned by Mr. Woodward. 

1.30 a.m. Fire caused by the burning of a pile of rubbish. 
Still alarm. Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 23. 

Thursday. No. 38 Nashua St. Brick tenement house, 
14th. Occupied by several families. 

6.15 p.m. Fire slight. 
Still alarm. Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 6, 

Friday. No. 109 Paris St., E. Boston. Wooden dwelling. 

15th. Owned by Daniel Murphy. 

1.57 a.m. Occupied by Francis Gallagher. 

Box 158. Fire originated in a lounge, from some unknown cause. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 5, 9, 11; Hose No. 6; Hook and 
Ladder No. 2 ; Extinguisher No. 3. 
Asst. Engineer Dunbar in command. 



Friday. Waverly St., Brighton. Wooden dwelling. 

loth. Owned by John Nolan. 

11.30 p.m. Occupied by Nolan and Gardner. 

Still alarm. Fire caused by the explosion of a kerosene lamp. 
Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 1. 



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Mat. 

Saturday. 

16th. 

7.35 a.m. 

Box 13. 

Charlestown. 



False alarm. 
Alarm given by a citizen. 

Companies called, Engine No. 1 ; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 ; 
Ladder No. 1 ; C. F. D. 
Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 



Hook and 



Saturday. No. 119 Leverett St. Three-story brick building. 
16th. Occupied by L. L. Jenkins, apothecary store. 

9.45 a.m. Eire caused by defective flue. 
Still alarm. Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 6. 

Monday. No. 39 Gouch St. Three-story brick dwelling. 

18th. Owned by J. T. Reed. 

9.28 a.m. Occupied by Mrs. Frost. 

Still alarm. Fire originated in a bed in the attic. 
Caused by an overheated stove. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6 ; Chemical Engine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Tuesday. Cor. Dorrance and Main Sts., Charlestown. One-story wooden 

19th. building. 

6.55 p.m. Owned by Osgood & Davis." 

Box 6. Occupied by Osgood & Davis, Iron Foundry. 

Fire caused by explosion of hot iron. 
First company at fire,-Hose No. 2, who extinguished the same with 

pails of water. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine No. 1 ; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 ; Hook and 
Ladder No. 1 ; C. F. D. 
Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 

Tuesday. False alarm. 

19th. Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, i, 6, 10, 22, 25, 26 ; Hose Nos. 

8.10 p.m. 3, 5; Chemical Engine No. 1; Hook and 

Box 63. Ladder Nos. 1, 3, 8 ; Extinguisher No. 2. 

Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Wednesday. No. 91 Warrenton St. Stable. 
20th. Occupied by Mr. Steimeley. 

8.45 p.m. Fire originated in a bale of hay. 

Still alarm. Cause unknown. 

Extinguished by Extinguisher No. 2. 

Wednesday. No. 374 Medford St., Charlestown. Three-story wooden dwelling. 
20th. Owned by Robert Armstrong. 

9.35 p.m. Occupied by Robert Armstrong. 

Box 4. No fire except the burning out of a foul chimney. 



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Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine No. 1; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4; Hook and 
Ladder No. 1 ; C. F. D. 
Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 

Fridait. Cor. Cornhill and Washington St. Three-story brick building. 

22d. Owned by Peter C. Brooks. 

6.57 a.m. Occupied by C. H. Shepard & Co., printers. 

Box 18. Eire originated in the third story. 

Caused by using benzine to clean printer's rolls. 
Eirst company at fire, Engine No. 4. 
Eirst water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 1. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26 ; Hose Nos. 2, 
3; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8; Chemical 
Engine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Saturday. No. 11 Leverett St. Three-story brick building. 

23d. Occupied by C. A. Woods, fruit store. 

11.00 p.m. Eire originated in the window. 
Still alarm. Caused by a gas-burner. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 6. 

Sunday. No. 280 North St. Three-story building. 

24th. Unoccupied. 

1.15 p.m. Eire originated in the cellar. 
Still alarm. Cause unknown. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 8. 
Foreman Childs in command. 



Monday. No. 232 Friend St. One-story wooden building. 

25th. Owned by Geo. Roberts. 

10.28 a.m. Occupied by several families. 

Box 8. Fire originated in some sheds connected to dwellings 
Caused by boys setting fire to them. 
First company at fire, Chemical Engine No. 1. 
First water on fiie, Chemical Engine No. 1. 
Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25 ; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 
Engine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Hose No. 3; 
8 ; Chemical 



No. 15 Hayward Place. Four-story brick building. 
Owned by Ezra Allen. 



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Mat. 

Tuesday. 

26th. 
3.28 a.m. 
Box 53. 



Occupied by Albert E. Foth, restaurant. 
Fire originated in the basement. 
Cause unknown. 

First Company at fire, Engine No. 7. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 7. 
Alarm given by police. 

Accidents. Geo. H. Wentworth, Assistant Engineman of Engine 
Co. No. 25, had his right foot badly crushed while going to the 
fire. 
Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 15, 25, 26; Hose 
Nos. 2, 3, 5, 9; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 
3, 8 ; Chemical Engine No. 1 ; Extinguisher 
No. 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Tuesday. No. 56 Russell St., Charlestown. Three-story wooden building. 

26th. Owned by Andrew Fox. 

9.27 p.m. Occupied by Andrew Fox. 

Box 32. No fire, except the burning out of a foul chimney. 
Alarm given by a citizen. 

Companies called, Engine No. 1 ; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4; Hook and 
Ladder No. 1 ; C. F. D. 
Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 

Tuesday. No. 101 Cross St. Four-story brick building. 

26th. Owned by Moses Williams. 

10.11 p.m. Occupied by G. W. Sturtevant, furniture factory. 

Box 17. Fire originated in the basement among some oily rags. 
Caused by spontaneous combustion. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25 and 26 ; Hose Nos. 
2 and 3 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 ; 
Chemical Engine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Wednesday. Head Place, rear of Evans House. Brick dwelling. 
27th. Owned by Mr. Bassett. 

1.30 p.m. Occupied by several families. 

Still alarm. Fire caused by defective flue. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 26. 



Wednesday. No. 127 Hanover St. Three-story brick building, 48 X 14. 
27th. Owned by Prager & Brock. 

8.5l. p.m. Occupied by Joseph Kantrowitz, hats and caps. 

Box 17. Fire originated in the basement. 



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Cause unknown. 

Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25 and 26 ; Hose Nos. 

2 and 3 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 ; 

Chemical Engine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Wednesday. False alarm. 

27th. Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 15, 25 and 26; 

10.32 p.m. Hose Nos. 2, 3, 5 and 9; Hook and Ladder 

Box 42. Nos. 1, 3 and 8 ; Chemical Engine No. 1 ; 

Extinguisher No. 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Wednesday. False alarm. 

27th. Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25 and 26 ; Hose Nos. 

10.54 p.m. . 2 and 3; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8; 

Box 18. Chemical Engine No. 1. 

Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Wednesday. 
27th. 
11.23 p.m. 
Box 4. 



False alarm. t 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10 and 25 ; Hose No. 3 ; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 ; Chemical 
Engine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Thursday. End of India Wharf. Bark, " Prince Arthur." 
28th. Fire originated in the store room. 

9.31 p.m. Caused by spontaneous combustion. 
Still alarm. Companies called, Engine No. 25 ; Hook and Ladder No. 8. 
Foreman Frost in command. 

Friday. Milton. Wooden dwelling. 

29th. Owned by Dennis Murphy. 

6.33 a.m. Occupied by Dennis Murphy. 

Box 353. Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 16, 18 and 19 ; Hook and Ladder 
No. 6. 
Asst. Engineer Hewins in command. 



Friday. No. 120 North St. Four-story granite building. 

29th. Occupied by F. Clapp & Sons, tin plate and sheet iron. 

12.20 p.m. Fire originated in fourth story. 
Box 17. Caused by experimenting with chemicals. 
Alarm given by police. 



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Mat. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25 and 26 ; Hose No. 
3 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 ; Chemical 
Engine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Friday. No. 84 East Canton St. Two and one-half story brick tenement 

29th. house. 

5.10 p.m. Owned by the Boston Corporation Co. 

Still alarm. Occupied by several families. 

Fire originated in the ash-house. 
Caused by hot ashes. 

Extinguished by Hook and Ladder Co. No. 3 with pails of water. 
Asst. Engineer Fernald in command. 



recapitulation. 

Total number of fires 46 

Confined to one building .......... 44 

Extended to other buildings 2 

Estimated loss on buildings $3,950 00 

" " stock 2,900 00 

Full insurance on buildings 3,600 00 

" " " stock 

Alarms given by patrol ........... 1 

" " " individual members . 2 

" " " police 12 

" " " citizens . 9 

" " " District Telegraph Co 

Alarms. Telegraph, fires 25 

" " false 11 

" still 24 

Total 60 

Buildings slightly damaged 42 

" considerably damaged . 3 

" totally destroyed 1 



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JUNE. 

Monday. No. 535 Medford St., Charlestown. One-story wooden dwelling, 

1st. 18 X 20. 

6.58 p.m. Owned by Patrick Flannagan. 

Box 5. Occupied by Patrick Flannagan. 

Fire originated on the first floor. 
Caused by overheated stove ; no loss. 
First company at fire, Hose No. 2. 

Extinguished with buckets of water. 
Alarm given by a citizen. 

Companies called, Engine No. 1 ; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 ; Hook and 
Ladder No. 1 ; Fire Boat. 
Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 



Tuesday. 

2d. 
4.10 p.m. 
Box 163. 



No. 142 Bremen St., E. Boston, 
dwelling, 18 X 25. 
Owned by John Knox. 



Two and one-half story wooden 



Loss $25. Insurance 



Occupied by John Knox. 
Fire originated on the roof. 
Caused by sparks from a passing locomotive. 
First company at fire, Engine ITo. 11. 
Alarm given by a citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 5, 9, 11 ; Hose No. 6 ; Hook and 
Ladder No. 2. 

Asst. Engineer Dunbar in command. 



Tuesday. Nos. 107 and 109 Haverhill St. Five-story brick building. 

2d. Owned by heirs of Jonathan Lane. 

11.49 p.m. Loss $700. Insurance $3,000. 

Box 4. No. 107 occupied by H. W. Davis & Co., wines. 

No. 109 occupied by J. H. Howard, cabinet-maker. 
Fire originated in the third story. 
Caused by an overheated stove. 
First company at fire, Hook and Ladder No. 1. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 4. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25; Hose No. 3; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8; Chemical En- 
gine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Wednesday. No. 9 Eaton St. Dwelling. 
3d. Occupied by Mrs. Brinley. 

10.15 a.m. Fire slight, caused by defective flue. 
Still alarm. Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 3. 



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June. 

Wednesday. 
3d. 

0.22 p.m. 

Box 324. 



Bowdoin St., near Green, Ward 16. One and one-half story 
wooden building 30 X 15. 
Owned by N. W. Richards. 

Loss $50. No Insurance. 
Occupied by Charles A. Bauch, willow ware. 

Loss $5. No Insurance. 
Fire originated on the outside of building, from the apparatus used 

in whitening willow. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 18. 

Extinguished with buckets of water. 
Alarm given by a citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 17, 18, 21 ; Hook and Ladder 
Nos. 6 and 7. 
Asst. Engineer Hewins in command. 



Wednesday. City Hall Ave. Five-story stone building 
3d. Owned by W. J. Niles. 

7.53 p.m. Occupied by several parties as offices. 

Box 36. Fire originated on first floor. 

Caused by a pan of grease igniting. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 4. 
First water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 
Alarm given by police. 
Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 

Hook and Ladder Nos. 
gine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



10, 25, 26 ; Hose No. 3 ; 
1, 8 ; Chemical En- 



Thursday. False alarm. 

4th. First company at Box, Engine No. 26. 

9.01 p.m. Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 15, 25, 26 ; Hose 
Box 42. Nos. 3, 5, 9 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 3, 8 ; 

Chemical Engine No. 1 ; Extinguisher No. 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Friday. No. 34 Billerica St. Brick tenement. 

5th. Occupied by several families. 

2.00 p.m. Fire originated on the third floor. 

Still alarm. Caused by careless use of matches. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 6. 
Asst. Foreman Whitehead in command. 



Friday. No. 93 Portland St. Brick dwelling-house. 

5th. Occupied by J. Kabb. 

10.15 p.m. Fire originated on third floor. 

Still alarm. Caused by the explosion of a kerosene lamp. 



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Extinguished by Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1. 
Foreman Bickford in command. 



Sunday. No. 149 Parker St. Wooden building. 

7th. Owned by S. Blackinsdale & Son. 

11.18 p.m. Occupied by S. Blackinsdale & Son, shoddy mills. 

Box 78. Fire originated in the picking room. 
Caused by spontaneous combustion. 

Companies called Engine Nos. 10, 13, 22, 26 ; Hose No. 7 ; Hook 
and Ladder No. 4 ; Chemical Engine No. 1 ; 
Extinguisher Nos. 2 and 4. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Tuesday. No. 127 Fulton St. Four-story brick building, 20 X 50. 

9th. Owned by Silas Pierce. 

8.06 p.m. Occupied by Roach & Bradford, furniture store. 

Box 15. Fire originated in second story among some old rags'. 
Caused by spontaneous combustion. 
Alarm given by police. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 8. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26 ; Hose No. 3 ; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8 ; Chemical En- 
gine No. 1 ; Fire Boat. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Tuesday. Rear 163 Endicott St. Two-story wooden dwelling, 18 X 20. 

9th. Owned by Dennis F. Flagg. 

8.40 p.m. Occupied by Lovell P. Winch. 

Box 12. Fire originated in the second story. 

Caused by the explosion of a kerosene lamp. 
Alarm given by police. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 8. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25; Hose No. 3; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 ; Chemical 
Engine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Tuesday. No. 1 Maverick Square, East Boston. Two-story brick building, 

9th. 40 X 40. 

9.10 p.m. Owned by Geo. H. Kuhn. 

Still alarm. Occupied by Henry Carruthers & Co., gas fitters. 

Slight fire caused by carelessness of workmen leaving bags on the 
furnace. 
Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 11 and police. 
Asst. Engineer Dunbar in command. 



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June. 

Tuesday. False alarm. 

9th. Companies called, Engine Nos. 12, 17, 21 and 24; Hose No. 7; 

11. 2£ p.m. Hook and Ladder No. 4. 

Box 315. Asst. Engineer Munroe in command. 



Saturday. No. 38 Water St., Charlestown. Three-story wooden building. 

13th. Owned by E. A. Ward. 

12.30 a.m. Loss $1,500. Insurance $3,000. 

Box 21. Occupied by Getchell & Eldridge, box factory. 

Loss $5,000. Insurance $3,000. 
Occupied by Regan & Littleton, furniture factory. 

Loss $1,000. Insurance 
Occupied by Clark & Phillips, sink-stand makers. 

Loss $1,500. Insurance 
Fire originated on the first floor, and extended to roof. 
Cause incendiary. 
First company at fire, Hose No. 3. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine No. 27 ; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4 ; Hook 
and Ladder No. 9 ; Fire Boat. 
Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 



Saturday. Alarm given to call assistance to the fire in Charlestown. 

13th. Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8 and 25 ; Hose No. 3 ; 

0.42 p.m. Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 ; Chemical 

Box 4. Engine No. 1. 

Companies sent to aid the Charlestown wing of the department, 
Engine Nos. 6 and 8 ; Hose No. 3 ; Hook and Ladder No. 1 ; 
Chemical Engine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Saturday. No. 1039 Washington St. Four-story brick dwelling. 
13th. Owned by John T. Dingley. 

6.15 p.m. Occupied by Mr. Murphy. 

Still alarm. Fire slight. 

Caused by defective flue. 
Alarm given by citizens. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 3. 
Foreman Hines in command. 



Saturday. No. 1607 Washington St., Highlands. Two-story wooden building 
13th. 40 X 25. 

8.07 p.m. Owned by C. H. Richards. 

Box 214. Loss $15. No Insurance. 

Occupied by H. Hill & Co. 

Loss $20. No Insurance. 



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Slight fire in window. 

Caught from gas-burner. 

Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 12, 13, 14, 23 and 24; Hose No. 7; 

Hook and Ladder No. 4 ; Extinguisher 

Nos. 2 and 4. 



Saturday. 

13th. 

10.18k p.m. 

Box 162. 



No. 



67 Bennington St., East Boston. 

wooden dwelling, 20 X 30. 
Owned by Mrs. N. Potter. 



Two and one-half story 



Occupied by Mrs. N. Potter. 



Loss $65. Insurance $1,200. 



Loss $45. Insurance 



Eire originated in the basement. 

Cause incendiary. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 5. 

Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 5, 9 and 11;. Hose No. 6; Hook 

and Ladder No. 2 ; Fire Boat. 
Asst. Engineer Dunbar in command. 



Sunday. No. 1281 Washington St. Four-story brick dwelling, 26 X 20. 

14th. Owned by Wm. Cumming. 

6.10 p.m. Loss $50. Insurance $5,000. 

Box 74. Occupied by Mrs. E. K. Brown. 

Fire originated among some rags under a sink in bath-room. 
First company at fire, Hose No. 5. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 12, 13, 23 and 26 ; Hose Nos. 2 
and 5 ; Hook and Ladder No. 3 ; Extin- 
guisher No. 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Monday. 

15th. 
8.17 p.m. 
Box 67. 



No. 20 Dix Place. Brick dwelling. 

Occupied by Mrs. Dr. Brown. 
Fire slight. 

Caused by the ignition of gas which had leaked from a defective gas- 
pipe. 
Alarm given by a citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 7, 10, 15, 25 and 26; Hose 
Nos. 2, 3, 5 and 9 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 
3 and 8 ; Chemical Engine No. 1 ; Extin- 
guisher No. 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

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June. 

Monday. Sherman St., Charlestown. One-story building, 30 X 6. 

15th. Occupied by Davis and Osgood, iron foundry. 

10.00 p.m. Fire originated on first floor. 
Still alarm. Caused by sparks from a furnace. 

Extinguished by Hoseman Chas. L. Kimball, of Hose Go. No. 2, 
of Charlestown, with hand hose. 

Tuesday. Eear No. 52 Lincoln St. One-story wooden building. 

16th. • Owned by heirs of J. M. Reed. 

2.25 a.m. Occupied by J. O'Hare, stable. 

Box 59. Fire originated in a pile of straw. 
Cause incendiary. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 15, 25 and 26; Hose 
Nos. 2, 3, 5 and 9 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 
1, 3 and 8; Chemical Engine No. 1; Ex- 
tinguisher No. 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Tuesday. Liverpool St., East Boston. "Wooden building. 

16th. Owned by E. A. Hodge & Co. 

9.28 p.m. Occupied by E. A. Hodge & Co., boiler factory. 

Box 162. Slight fire on lower floor. 

Caused by workmen throwing hot ashes near wood-work. 
Alarm given by citizen. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 5. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 5, 9 and 11 ; Hose No. 6 ; Hook and 
Ladder No. 2. 
Asst. Engineer Dunbar in command. 

Wednesday. Liberty St., So. Boston. Two and one-half story wooden dwelling, 
17th 20 X 30. 

6.04£ p.m. Owned by Michael Onley. 

Box 128. Loss $50. No Insurance. 

Occupied by Michael Onley. 
Fire originated on lower floor and extended to roof. 
Caused by defective flue. 
First company at fire, Hose No. 10. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 10. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 1, 2, 15, 21; Hose Nos. 9, 10, 12; 
Hook and Ladder No. 5 ; Extinguisher No. 2. 
Asst. Engineer Brown in command. 

Friday. Granite St., So. Boston. Two-story brick building, 240 X 75. 

19th. Owned by Boston Machine Co. 

11.37 p.m. Loss $1,650. Insurance $18,000. 

Box 121. Occupied by Boston Machine Co., Iron Foundry. 



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June. 

Fire originated in lower story and extended to roof. 
Caused by defective oven, used for drying casting cores. 
First compant at fire, Hose No. 9. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 9. 
Alarm given by private watchman. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 1, 2, 7, 15 ; Hose Nos. 2, 9, 10, 12'; 
Hook and Ladder No. 5 ; Extinguisher No. 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Friday. Cor. Marion and Havre Sts., East Boston. Wooden dwelling. 

19th. Owned by Richard Devest. 

11.48 p.m. Occupied by Richard Devest. 

Box 163. Caused by the upsetting of a kerosene lamp in a drunken row. 
Fire slight. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 9. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 5, 9, 11; Hose No. 6; Hook and 
Ladder No. 2. 
•Asst. Engineer Dunbar in command. 

Saturday. False alarm. 

20th. Alarm given by District Telegraph Co. 

9.40 p.m. Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26; Hose Nos. 
Box 41. 2, 3 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8 ; Chemical 

Engine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Sunday. No. 187 North St. Three-story brick building, 20 X 40. 

21st. Owned by W. Trant. 

2.45 a.m. Loss $100. Insurance $3,000. 

Still alarm. Occupied by J. Jones, eating saloon. 

Fire originated on the first floor. 
Caused by defect in range. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 8. 

Asst. Engineer Cunningham in command. 



Sunday. No. 537 Washington St. 

21st. Alarm caused by smoke issuing from store. 

1.59 p.m. Alarm given by police. 
Box 53. No fire. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3,4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 15, 25, 26; Hose 
Nos. 2, 3, 5, 9; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 3, 
8 ; Chemical Engine No. 1 ; Extinguisher 
No. 2. 
Asst. Engineer Regan in command. 



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June. 

Monday. 

22d. 
2.40 a.m. 
Box 35. 



No. 3^ Beacon St. Five-story brick building. 
Owned by Abbot Lawrence. 
Occupied by Dr. Lighthill, office. 
" " Dr. Jones, office. 
" " Dr. Parker, office. 
" " Mrs. Montgomery. 
" " Miss Cushman. 
" " Mr. McDonald. 
Fire originated in second story. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 4. 
First water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 1. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26 ; Hose Nos. 2, 
3 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8 ; Chemical 
Engine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Monday. No. 3£ Beacon St. Five-story brick building. 

22d. Rekindling of above fire. 

3.32 a.m. Companies called, Engine No. 4 ; Chemical Engine No. 1. 
Still alarm. Extinguished with pails of water. 

Asst. Engineer Abbott in command. 

Tuesday. No. 183«| Cambridge St. 

23d. Owned by Parkman heirs. 

6.00 a.m. Occupied by John Hofedank, bakehouse. 

Still alarm. Caused by the upsetting of a kettle of fat. 
Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 3. 
Driver H. Ely in command. 



Tuesday. Norfolk St., Ward 16. Wooden dwelling. 

23d. Owned by Mrs. Wm. Russell. 

11.30 a.m. Occupied by Mrs. Wm. Russell. 

Still alarm. Caused by the burning out of foul chimney. 
Extinguished with salt and water. 
Company called, Engine-No. 19. 

Engineman Hebard in command. 

Wednesday. No. 243 Medford St., Charlestown. Lumber wharf. 
24th. Owned by Franklin Hopkins. 

11.58 a.m. Occupied by Franklin Hopkins. 

Box 4. Fire originated in a pile of lathes. 

Caused by sparks from a passing locomotive. 
First company at fire, Hose No. 4. 
Alarm given by citizen. 



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June. 



Companies called, Engine No. 27; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4; Hook and 
Ladder No. 1 ; Chemical Engine No. 1. 
Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 

Monday. No. 61 Hanover St. Five-story stone building. 

29th. Owned by heirs of Wm. Lawrence. 

7.45 a.m. Occupied by Haskell & Allen, print publishers. 

Still alarm. Occupied by H. A. Whitney. 

Fire originated in second story (water-closet). 
Caused by the careless use of matches. 
Companies called, Engine No. 4 ; Chemical Engine No. 1. 
Foreman Cheswell in command. 

Monday. No. 146 Condor St., East Boston. Two and one-half story wooden 

29th. building, 80 X 21. 

8.16 a.m. Owned by Wm. F. Homer. 

Box 172. Loss $10. Insurance $1,200. 

Occupied by Homer, Lane & Co., crockery factory. 

Loss $90. Insurance $2,200. 
Fire originated on the roof. 
Caused by stove funnel running through the roof. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 5. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 5. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 5, 9, 11; Hose No. 6; Hook and 
Ladder No. 2 ; Fire Boat. 
Asst. Engineer Dunbar in command. 

Tuesday. No. 9 New St., East Boston. Wooden out-building. 

30th. Owned by Alden S. Turner. 

10.52 p.m. Loss $50. No Insurance. 

Box 156. Occupied by Alden S. Turner. 

Fire slight. 

Caused by the explosion of a kerosene lamp. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 11. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 9. 
Alarm given by a member of the department. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 5, 9, 11; Hose No. 6; Hook and 
Ladder No. 2 ; Fire Boat. 
Asst. Engineer Dunbar in command. 



recapitulation. 

Total number of fires 35 

Confined to one building 35 

Extended to other buildings 



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July. 

Estimated loss on buildings $4,265 00 

" " stock 7,660 00 

Full insurance on buildings . . . 35,200 00 

" " " stock 7,200 00 

Alarms given by patrol ........... 

" " " individual members 1 

" " " police 13 

" f f " citizens 12 

" " " District Telegraph Co ....... . 1 

Alarms. Telegraph, fires 24 

" " false 3 

" still 11 

Total 38 

Buildings slightly damaged 33 

" considerably damaged ......... 2 

" totally destroyed 



JULY. 



Wednesday. No. 5 Exeter Place. Four and one-half story brick building, 30 X 41, 
1st. with L, 18 X 28. 

0.21 a.m. Owned by J. P. Reed. 

Box 53. Loss $4,000. Insurance $10,000. 

Occupied by Barnaby & Walsh, dining saloon. 

Loss $2,000. Insurance $6,000. 
Fire originated in second story and extended to the roof. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 7. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 7. 
Alarm given by police. 

Accidents. Assistant Engineer B. S. Flanders and Wm. Brown, 
Hoseman of Engine Co. No. 26, were badly burned, and Assist- 
ant Foreman Lawrence, of Engine Co. No. 26, was slightly 
burned, while in the discharge of their duty. 
Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26; Hose Nos. 
2, 3, 5; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 3, 8; 
Chemical Engine No. 1 ; Extinguisher No. 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



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July. 

Wednesday. Rear 42 Pitts St. Two and one-half story wooden dwelling, 17 X 15 
1st. Owned by William Bassett. 

5.20 p.m. Occupied by Abrarn Levi. 

Still alarm. Loss $25. No Insurance 

Fire originated on second floor, extended to roof. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Hook and Ladder No. 1. 
First water on fire, Hook and Ladder No. 1, with pails of water. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6; Hook and Ladder No. 1; 
Chemical Engine No. 1. 
Asst. Engineer Abbott in command. 

Wednesday. No. 254 Broadway, So. Boston. 
1st. Owned by Job Souther. 

7.55 p.m. Occupied by W. B. Woodman, dry goods store. 

Still alarm. Loss $525. Insurance $5,000. 

Fire originated from gas lights in the window. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 9. 



Wednesday. No. 4 Wells Place. Two and one-half story brick dwelling, 25 X 20. 
1st. Owned by Sarah Jones. 

9.35 f.m. Loss $100. Insurance $1,000. 

Still alarm. Occupied by Sarah Jones. 

Fire originated in the attic. 
Caused b} T the explosion of a kerosene lamp. 
Alarm given by citizens. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 3 with pails of water. 
Foreman F. M. Hines in command. 



Friday. No. 631 Broadway, junction of Emerson street, So. Boston. Three- 
3d. story wooden building. 

0.50 a.m. Owned by Greenwood heirs. 

Box 137. Loss $150. Insurance $5,000. 

Occupied by James Cole, periodical store and dwelling. 

Loss $100. Insurance $200. 
Fire originated in periodical store. 
Caused by spontaneous combustion. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 2. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 2. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 1, 2, 15 ; Hose Nos. 9, 10, 12 ; 
H jok and Ladder Ho. 5 ; Extinguisher No. 2. 
Asst. Engineer Brown in command. 



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July. 

Saturday. 

4th. 
2.52 a.m. 
Box 154. 



No Insurance. 



No Insurance. 



Cor. Bremen and MAVERick Sts., E. Boston. Two and one-half 
story wooden building, 58 X 48. 
Owned by the City of Boston. 

Loss 
Occupied by Co. B, Burrill Light Guards. 

Loss 

Occupied by Co. H, Sheridan Guards. 
Eire originated in store-room in rear, and extended to roof. 
Cause unknown. 

Eirst company at fire, Engine No. 9. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 9. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 5, 9, 11; Hose No. 6; Hook and 
Ladder No. 2 ; Fire Boat. 
Asst. Engineer Dunbar in command. 



Saturday. Porter St., East Boston. 
4th. Bonfire. 

4.30 p.m. Alarm given by citizens. 
Still alarm. Company called, Engine No. 9. 

Asst. Engineer Dunbar in command. 

Saturday. Corner Bremen and Maverick Sts., E. Boston. 

4th. Caused by the rekindling of ruins. 

6.50 a.m. First company at fire, Engine No. 9. 

Box 154. First water on fire, Engine No. 9. 

Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 5, 9 and 11; Hose No. 6; Hook and 
Ladder No. 2 ; Fire Boat. 
Asst. Engineer Dunbar in command. 

Saturday. No. 28 North Bennett St. Three-story wooden tenement house, 35 X 40. 

4th. Owned by heirs of Joshua Bennett. 

12.05 p.m. Loss $5. No Insurance. 

Still alarm. Occupied by several families. 

Fire originated on the roof. 
Caused by fire-crackers. 
Alarm given by citizens. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No 8, with pails of water. 
Foreman Childs in command. 



Saturday. Engine Co. No. 6 ordered by the Chief Engineer to report to the 

4th. Fitchburg depot, in consequence of a despatch received from 

1.20 p.m. Hudson, Mass., stating that a large fire was raging in that town 

Still alarm. and might need assistance. 



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July. 

Saturday. 
4th. 
3.50 p.m. 
Box 24. 



No. 20 Lexington St., Charlestown. Two-story wooden building 20 X 30. 

Owned by Sampson Warren. 

Loss $75. Insurance $1,000. 

Occupied by Mr. Browning. 
Fire originated on roof of L. 
Caused by fire-crackers. 
First company at fire, Hose No. 4. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 4. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine No. 27 ; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 ; Hook and 
Ladder No. 9. 

Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 



Saturday. False alarm. 

4th. Alarm given by district telegraph. 

11.10 p.m. First company at Box, Engine No. 26. 

Box 53. Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26 ; Hose Nos. 2, 

3, 5 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 3, 8 ; Chemical 
Engine No. 1 ; Extinguisher No. 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Three-story wooden building. 

Insurance $5,000. 
Insurance $1,500 



Saturday. No. 26 B Street, South Boston. 

4th. Owned by John Joyce. 

11.20& p.m. Loss 

Box 129. Occupied by Joyce. & Quinn, grocery. 

Loss 

Fire originated from some unknown cause in store. 
First company at fire, Hose No. 9. 
First water on fire Hose, No. 9. 
Alarm given by pojice. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 1, 2, 7, 15, 21; Hose Nos. 5, 9, 10, 12- 
Hook and Ladder No. 5. 
Asst. Engineer Brown in command. 



Sunday. Bear 76 Merrimac St. Two and one-half story wooden tenement. 

5th. Owned by Mr. Sawyer. 

1.40 p.m. Occupied by several families. 

Still alarm. Fire originated under the building. 
Caused by boys playing with matches. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Extinguished by Messrs. Flannigan and Grady of Hook and Lad- 
der Co. No. 1, with pails of water. 



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July. 

Sunday. No. 14 Howard St. Tour-story brick building, 100 X 30. 
5tb. Owned by Win. Evans. 

5.00 p.m. Loss $1. Insurance $35,000. 

Still alarm. Occupied by Charles Copeland, confectioner. 

Tire originated in the engine room. 
Caused by .throwing a lighted match in a wooden spittoon filled with 

sawdust. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 4, with pails of water. 
Foreman W. T. Cheswell in command. 

Monday. No. 680 Harrison Ave. One-story wooden building, 12 X 14. 

6th. Owned by S. Walker. 

1.27 a.m. Loss $50. No Insurance. 

Box 68. Occupied by L. L. Lilianthal, fruit store. 

Loss $25. Insurance $600. 
Fire originated in the front window. 
Caused by gas explosion. 
First company at fire, Hook and Ladder Co. No. 3. 

Extinguished by Hook and Ladder Co. No. 3. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 12, 13, 15, 23, 26; Hose Nos. 2, 
5, 9 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 4. Extin- 
guisher No. 2. 
Asst. Engineer Fernald in command. 

Thursday. Nos. 117, 119 Sumner St., E. Boston. Two and two and one-half story 
9th. wooden buildings. 

1.10 a.m. Owned by Harvey Crocker. 

Box 156. Loss $3,000. Insurance $1,000. 

Second alarm. Occupied by John K. Carleton, cooper. 

1.24 a.m. Occupied by Garret Biley, boat-builder. 

Tl ird alarm. Loss $100. No Insurance. 

1.33 a.m. Occupied by J. Piper, shipwright. 

Loss $500. Insurance $750. 
Occupied by Joseph Bobbins & Son, wood and coal. 
Occupied by Samuel West, wharfinger. 

Loss $100. No Insurance. 
Fire originated from some unknown cause in the centre building, 

and extended to other buildings. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 9. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 9. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 25; Hose Nos. 
3, 6 ; Hook and Ladder, Nos. 1, 2, 8 ; Fire 
Boat. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



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July. 

Saturday. 

11th. 

10.44 p.m. 

Box 14. 



No. 295 North St. Four-story wooden building, 45 X 40 
Owned by Mrs. Murphy. 
Occupied by James Magee. 

Loss $ 
Fire originated on the fourth floor. 
Supposed to have been set between two mattresses. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 8. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26 : 
Hook and Ladder, Nos. 1, 
Engine No.l; Fire Boat. 
Asst. Engineer Cunningham in command. 



No Insurance. 



Hose No. 3; 
i ; Chemical 



Sunday. No. 3 Dover Place. Three-story brick dwelling, 18 X 25. 

12th. Owned by Sam'l A. Way's heirs. 

4.30 p.m. Occupied by H. W. Isele. 

Still alarm. Fire originated in the cellar. 
Caused by gas explosion. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 3. 

Asst. Foreman N. L. Hussey in command. 



Sunday. Cor. High and Harteord Sts. Brick and stone building in process 

12th. of erection. 

6.25 p.m. Owned by C. D. Chase. 

Still alarm. Fire originated in the cellar. 
Caused by lime slaking. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 25. 
Foreman G. W. Frost in command. 



Sunday. No. 13 Allston St., Charlestown. Two-story wooden dwelling. 

12th. Owned by John Reice. 

7.40 p.m. Occupied by John Reice. 

Box 4. Needless alarm. 

Caused by smoke issuing from chimney. 
First company at building, Engine No. 27. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine No. 27; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4: Hook and 
Ladder No. 9 ; Fire Boat. 
Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 



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July. 

Sunday. 

12th. 
7.52 p.m. 
Box 63. 



No. 37 Newbury St. Tour-story brick dwelling, 20 X 60. 

Owned by William Sheafe. 

Occupied by William Sheafe. 
Fire originated in the cellar. 
Caused by gas explosion. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 10. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 6, 10, 22, 25, 26 ; Hose' Nos. 
3 and 5 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 3 ; 
Chemical Engine No. 1.; Extinguisher No. 2. 

Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Monday. No.* 22 Fayette St. Three and one-half story brick dwelling, 

13th. 19 X 32. 

10.45 a.m. Owned by Henry Riecke. 

Still alarm. Loss $10. Insurance $4,000. 

Occupied by Henry Riecke. 

Loss $15. No Insurance. 
Fire originated in the attic. 
Caused by children playing with matches. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Extinguisher No. 2. 



Tuesday. No. 95 Dorchester Avenue, South Boston. Wooden building. 

14th. Owned by " Old Colony Rail Road Co." 

12.10 p.m. Occupied by A. S. Gill & Co., furniture store. 

Still alarm. Fire originated in a pile of rubbish rear of building. 
Caused by boys setting it on fire. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished with hydrant stream, by Engine Co. No. 15. 
Engineman Fitzgerald in command. 



Tuesday. Nos. 21 and 23 Ferry St. Three-story brick building, 25 X 60. 

14th. Owned by C. Allen Brown. 

6.48 p.m. Occupied by J. Rollins & Co., smoke-house. 

Box 15. Alarm given by police, who saw smoke issuing from the window. 
Caused by smoking hams. 

NO FIRE. 

First company at building, Engine No. 8. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26 ; Hose No. 3 ; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 ; Chemical 
Engine No. 1 ; Fire Boat. 
Asst. Engineer Cunningham in command. 



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July. 

Tuesday. 

14th. 

7.30 p.m. 

Still alarm. 



Sherman St., Charlestown. Two-story wooden building, 30 X 60. 

Owned by Osgood & Davis. 

Occupied by Osgood & Davis. 
Fire originated on the roof. 
Caused by sparks from a furnace. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished with hand hose by Hose Co. No. 2. 

Foreman Tyler in command. 



Tuesday. No. 52 Billerica St. Four-story brick dwelling, 20 X 32. 

14th. Owned by Mr. O'Brien. 

7.54 p.m. Loss $15. No Insurance. 

Box 5. Occupied by Mr. Murphy. 

Loss $ 100. Insurance $800. 
Fire originated from some unknown cause on third floor. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 6. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 6. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25 ; Hose No. 3 ; Hook 
and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 ; Chemical Engine 
No. 1 ; Fire Boat. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Tuesday. No. 11 Melrose St. Two and one-half story brick dwelling, 

14th. 20 X 30. 

8.30 p.m. Owned by A. R. Holden. 

Still alarm. . Loss $20. Insurance $5,000. 

Occupied by J. Ringosky. 

Loss $20. Insurance $1,000. 
Fire originated from some unknown cause in the attic. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Extinguisher Co. No. 2. 



Wednesday. No. 230 Shawmut Avenue. Three-story brick dwelling, 21 X 34. 
15th. Owned by A. Myerson. 

8.45 p.m. Loss $15. Insurance $6,000. 

Still alarm. Occupied by Mrs. Jennie Kimball. 

Loss $150. No Insurance. 
Fire originated in the third story. 
Caused by curtain blowing against gas-jet. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 3, with pails of water. 
Asst. Engineer Abbott in command. 



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July. 

Friday. 

17th. 
1.22 A.M. 
Box 53. 



Friday,, 

17th. 
11.45 p.m. 
Still alarm. 



Sunday. 

19th. 

4.40 p.m. 

Still alarm. 



Tuesday. 

21st. 

3.07 a.m. 

Box 15. 



No. 2 Harbison Ave. Four-story brick building, 21 X 23. 
Owned by Mrs. E. H. Straw. 

Loss $150. Insurance 
Occupied by Valentine Harding, saloon. 

Loss $550. Insurance $3,000. 
Fire originated from some unknown cause, in the cellar and ex- 
tended to first floor. . 
First company at fire, Engine No.. 26. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 7. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26; Hose Nos. 
2, 3, 5; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 3, 8 ; 
Chemical Engine Nos. 1, 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

No. 1 Culvert St., Highlands. Two-story wooden building, 
45 X 25. 

Owned by Wm. Clark. 

Occupied by Mr. Brodrick, lager beer saloon. 
Fire originated on first floor. 
Caused by breaking a kerosene lamp. 
Alarm given by individual member. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 13, with buckets of water. 

Foreman Freeman in command. 

Bartlett's Wharf. One-story wooden building, 25 X 35. 

Owned by W. H. Nichols. 

Occupied by W. H. Nichols, coal-shed. 
Fire originated among the coal. 
Caused by spontaneous combustion. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 8. 

Asst. Engineer Cunningham in command. 

Nos. 95 and 97 Commercial St. Four-story granite building, 
25 X 90. 
Owned by heirs, of Sarah Greene. 
Occupied by Joseph Nickerson, ship chandler. 
Fire originated in second story. 
Caused by rats and matches. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 8. 

Extinguished with a few pails of water. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26; Hose No. 3'; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8 ; Chemical En- 
gine No. 1 ; Fire Boat. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



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July. 

Saturday. 

21st. 
11.00 A.M. 
Still alarm. 



Blue Hill Ave., "Ward 16. Two and a half story wooden building, 
68 X 60. 

Owned by J. H. Burt & Co. 

Occupied by J. H. Burt & Co., carpenters' shop. 
Fire originated on second floor. 
Caused by shavings taking fire from stove. 
Alarm given by individual member. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 19. 



Tuesday. Bartlett's Wharf. One-story wooden building, 25 X 25. 

21st. Owned by W. H. Nichols. 

4.00 p.m. Loss $25. Insurance 

Still alarm. Occupied by W. H. Nichols, coal-sheds. 

Fire originated in the coal. 
Caused by spontaneous combustion. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 8. 

Asst. Engineer Cunningham in command. 



Tuesday. No. 762 East Seventh St., South Boston. One-story brick and 

21st. wooden building, 40 X 60, with L, 20 X20. 

8.06 p.m. Owned by Cummings & Stone. 

Box 146. Occupied by Boston Hemp Oakum Co. 

Loss $20. No Insurance. 
Eire originated in drying oven. 
Caused by overheated oven. 
First company at fire, Hose No. 12. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 12. 
Alarm given by private watchman. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 1, 2, 15; Hose Nos. 9, 10, 12; 
Hook and Ladder No. 5. 
Asst. Engineer Brown in command. 



Thursday. No. 15 Hampden St., Highland District. Three-story brick building, 
23d. 30 X 50. 

5.30 a.m. Owned by Boston Lead Co. 

Still alarm. Loss $50. Insurance $20,000 

Occupied by Frohock Last Co., last factory. 
Fire originated on first floor. 
Caused by sparks from the boiler. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 23, with hand hose. 
Engineman Carpenter in command. 



City Document. — No. 96. 



July. 
Thursday. 
23d. 
7.45 p.m. 
Box 23. 



No. 8 Pitts St. Five-story brick building, 50 X 70. 
Owned by A. A. Brown & S. P. Langmaid. 

Loss $200. Insurance $ 10,000. 
Occupied by Boston Star Collar Co. Collar Factory. 

Loss $3,000. Insurance $32,000. 
Occupied by Bay State Inner Sole Co., inner sole factory. 
Occupied by F. T. Schmeiser, picture frame factory. 
Fire originated from some unknown cause in the attic. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 4. 
First water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 1. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25 ; Hose No. 3 ; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1,8 ; Chemical Engine 
No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Friday. No. 113£ "Washington St. Three-story brick building, 20 X 50. 

24th. Owned by R. M. Pulsifer & Co. 

11.35 a.m. Loss $50. Insurance $6,000. 

Box 36. Occupied by V. Bicker, " Passe Partout " maker. 

Loss $5. Insurance $500, 
Fire originated in the attic. 
Caused by an overheated chimney. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 4. 
First water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 1. 
Alarm given by " District Telegraph Co." 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26 ; Hose Nos. 2, 
3; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8; Chemical 
Engine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Friday. No. 115£ Washington St. Four-story brown stone building, 

24th. 20 X 60. 

3.10 p.m. Owned by R. M. Pulsifer and Justin Andrews. 

Still alarm. Occupied by J. N. Lindsay & Co., silver platers. 

Fire originated in the attic. 
Caused by overheated chimney. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Chemical Engine No. 1. 
Companies called, Engine No. 4 ; Chemical Engine No. 1. 
Assistant Engineer Abbott in command. 



Friday. No. 45 First St., So. Boston. Wooden tenement house. 

24th. . Owned by E. S. Tobey. 

9.30 p.m. Occupied by several families. 

Still alarm. Fire caused by children playing with matches. 



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Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 15. 
Foreman Cogley in command. 



Saturday. Cor. Francis St. and Brookline Ave. Block of eight two-story 
25th. brick dwellings with Mansard roofs. 

0.14 a.m. Owned by heirs of W. W. Palmer. 

Box 247. * Loss $14,000. Insurance $20,000. 

Unoccupied. 
Fire originated in third house and extended to second and fourth 

houses. 
Cause incendiary. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 1 of Brookline. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 1 of Brookline. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 12, 13, 14, 22; Hose No. 7; Hook 
and Ladder No. 4 ; and Engine No. 1, and 
Hand Engine of Brookline. 
Asst. Engineer Colligan in command. 



Sunday. Cor. Park and Dorchester Sts., Ward 16. Two-story wooden 

26th. building, 30 X 40. 

11.20 a.m. Owned by J. T. Harris. 

Still alarm. Fire originated on the outside of the huilding. 

Caused by throwing a lighted match from the window above. 
Alarm given by individual member. 

Extinguished with buckets of water by A. E. Nichols, Hoseman 
of Engine Co. No. 16. 



Wednesday. No. 1 Rowe Place. Three and one-half story brick building. 
29th. Owned by Harriet A. Cushing. 

0.35 a.m. Loss $ 150. Insurance $1,800. 

Box 53. Occupied by Geo. Turner, hat and cap trimming store. 

Occupied by " Avon Club," Club Room. 

Loss $125. Insurance $3,000. 
Fire originated from some unknown cause in third story. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 7. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 7. 
Alarm given by private watchman. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25 and 26 ; Hose 
Nos. 2, 3 and 5 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 
3 and 8 ; Chemical Engine Nos. 1 and 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 
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Jolt. 

Wednesday. 
29 th. 
4.45 a.m. 
Still alarm. 



No. 37 North Market St. Four-story brick building, 20 X 50. 
Owned by Mrs. Dixon. 

Loss $25. Insurance .$5,000. 
Occupied by James Brown, restaurant. 
Fire originated on second floor. 
Caused by defective boiler and range. 
Alarm given by citizens. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 8. 
Foreman Childs in command. 



Friday. No. 41 North Market St. Four- story brick building, 20 X 50. 

31st. Owned by J. D. & M. Williams. 

1.15 p.m. Loss $90. Insurance $10,000. 

Still alarm. Occupied by Morrill & Onthank, restaurant. 

Fire originated in third stoiy. 
Caused by a defect in cooking apparatus. 
Alarm given by citizens. 

Extinguished by Chemical Engine No. 1. 
Companies called, Engine No. 4 ; Chemical Engine No. 1. 
Asst. Engineer Holbrook in command. 

Friday. No. 41 Oswego St. Four-story brick tenement-house, 21 X 35. 

31st. Owned by Henry Roach. 

8.00 p.m. Loss $5.00. Insurance $4,000. 

Still alarm. Occupied by Mrs. Queen. 

Loss $25. No Insurance. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 2, with buckets of water. 



recapitulation. 

Total number of fires 44 

Confined to one building .......... 42 

Extended to other buildings 2 

Estimated loss on buildings $22,736 00 

" " " stock 8,145 00 

Full insurance on buildings ......... 145,650 00 

" " " stock 59,350 00 

Alarms given by patrol 3 

" " " individual members 4 

" " " police 14 

" " " citizens 22 

" " " District Telegraph Co 1 



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July. 

Alarms. Telegraph, fires 

" false . 
" still . 

Total 

Buildings slightly damaged . 
" considerably damaged 
" totally destroyed . 



20 
3 

26 

49 



40 
2 
2 



AUGUST. 

Saturday. False alarm. 

1st. Alarm given by some person unknown. 

0.40 a.m. Box found open. 
Box 356. First company at Box, Engine No. 18. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 16, 17, 18 and 19 ; Hook and Lad- 
der Nos. 6 and 7. 
Asst. Engineer Hewins in command. 



Sunday. No. 8 Neal's Court, Charlestown. Two-story wooden dwelling, 

2d. 20 X 30. 

2.00 a.m. Owned by Wm. "Ward. 

Still alarm. Occupied by Mr. Hastings. 

Caused by lamp setting fire to window-curtain. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 2 with a pail of water. 
Foreman Tyler in command. 



Sunday. No. 75 Chester Square. Four-story brick dwelling, 22 X 40. 

2d. Owned by Geo. W. Dyer. 

2.20 p.m. Occupied by Geo. W. Dyer. 

Box 83. No pire, except the burning out of a foul chimney. 
First company at fire, Hose No. 5. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 12, 13, 14, 22 and 23 ; Hose Nos. 
5 iftnd 7 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3 and 4 ; 
Chemical Engine No. 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



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August. 
Monday. 

3d. 
1.28 A.M. 
Box 23. 



Nos. 16, 18 Gouch St. Four story brick building, 25 X 50. 

Owned by Albert Brown. 

Occupied by P. M. Pickart, hotel. 
First company at fire, Chemical Engine No. 1. 
First water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 1. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25 and 26 ; Hose No 3. 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 ; Chemical 
Engine Nos. 1 and 2. 

Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Monday. No. 4 Newton Court. Three-story wooden tenement, 21 X 23. 

3d. Owned by Bernard Lennon. 

12.20 p.m. Loss $3. Insurance $3,000. 

Still alarm. Occupied by several families. 

Fire originated on first floor. 
Caused by clothing taking fire. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Hose Company No. 2 with buckets of water. 
Senior Hoseman Merritt in command. 
Accidents. An old lady, Mrs. Harrington, was burned to death, 
supposed to have fallen upon the stove, thereby setting her 
clothing on fire. 



Monday. 

3d. 
2.47 p.m. 
Box 157. 



Bear of No. 78 London St., E 
Owned by Fargus Farrall. 



Boston. "Wooden shed. 



Loss $15. Insurance $2,800. 



Occupied by Fargus Farrall. 
Caused by children playing with matches. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 9. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 5, 9, 11 ; Hose No. 6 ; Hook and Lad- 
der No. 2 and Fire Boat. 
Asst. Engineer Dunbar in command. 



Tuesday. Nos. 650 and 652 Fourth St., South Boston. Three and one-half 
4th. story wooden tenement, 30 X 50. 

12.30 a.m. Owned by Thos Madden. 

Still alarm. Loss $25. Insurance $2,500. 

Occupied by several families. 
Fire originated in the attic. 
Caused by an overheated stove. 
Alarm given by a citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 2 with buckets of water, 
Engineman Twiss in command. 



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August. 
Tuesday. 

4th. 

6.25 p.m. 

Still alarm. 



No. 241 Washington St. 
Owned by J. Cole. 



Five-story brick building, 26 X 78. 



Loss 



No Insurance. 



Occupied by W. K. Gillis, tailor. 
Eire originated on second floor. 
Caused by an overheated furnace. 
Alarm given by a citizen. 
Companies called, Engine Nos. 4 and 26 ; Chemical Engine No. 1. 

Chiep Engineer Green in command. 



Wednesday. No. 517 Main St., Charlestown. Two-story wooden building, 
5th. 20 X 30. 

12.35 a.m. Owned by Mrs. Callahan. 

Box 5. Occupied by Mr. White, saloon. 

Eire originated among some oily rags. 
Eirst company at fire, Hose No. 2. 
Eirst water on fire, Hose No. 2. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine No. 27 ; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 ; Hook 
and Ladder Company No. 9. 
Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 



Wednesday. False alarm. 



5th. 

1.21& A.M. 

Box 324. 



Wednesday. 
5th. 

8.28 p.m. 

Box 137. 
Second alarm 

8.33 p.m. 
Third alarm. 

8.45 p.m. 
Gen. alarm. 

8.54 p.m. 



Given by some person unknown. 
Eirst company at Box, Engine No. 17. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 17, 18, 21 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 
6 and 7. 
Asst. Engineer Hewins in command. 

Broadway and Fourth Sts., 1 So. Boston. Two-story brick and 
wood building, 225 X 250. 
Owned by South Boston Horse Railroad Company. 

Loss $26,528. Insurance $55,500. 
Occupied by South Boston Horse Railroad Company stable. 

Loss $19,721.55. Insurance $90,000. 
Fire originated from unknown cause in harness-room and extended 

to hay-loft. 
Alarm given by police. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 2. • • 

First water on fire, Engine No. 2. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 
14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26; Hose 
Nos. 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12 ; Hook and Lad- 
der Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7; Chemical Engine 
No. 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



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City Document. — No. 96. 



August. 
Wednesday. 
5th. 

8.50 p.m. 

Box 21. 
Charlestown. 

Wednesday. 
5th. 
8.58 p.m. 
Box 258. 



Friday. 

7th. 

6.45 p.m. 

Box 8. 



This alarm was given by Assistant Engineer Bartlett to call the ap- 
paratus to the Square on account of four alarms having been 
sounded for the South Boston fire ; he ordered Engine No. 27 and 
Hose 3 to report at Engine House No. 8, and remain there until 
relieved by that Company. 

False alarm. 

Alarm- given by a citizen, who saw the reflection of the South Bos- 
ton fire upon the windows of the House of the Good Shepherd. 
Companies called, Engine Nos. 20 and 24 ; Hook and Ladder No. 
4 ; Chemical Engine No. 3. 
Eoreman Allen of Hook and Ladder No. 4 in command. 



Cor. Pitts and Merrimac Sts. 
Owned by Jesse Holbrook. 



Eour-story brick building, 60 X 32. 
Loss $200. Insurance $6,000. 
L,100. Insurance $4,600. 



Occupied by H. T. Knight, apothecary. 

Loss $: 

Occupied by Wm. Beal, decorator. 
Occupied by M. Wiess & Co., tailors. 
Eire originated from some unknown cause in fourth story. 
Eirst company at fire, Engine No. 4. 
Eirst water on fire, Engine No. 4. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25 and 26 ; Hose No. 
3 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 ; Chemical 
Engine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Eriday. Nos. 52 and 54 Dorchester Avenue, South Boston. Two and one 

7th. half story wooden building, 20 X 40. 

10.38 p.m. Owned by South Boston Iron Co., and Fulton Iron Co. 

Box 123. Loss $1,000. No Insurance. 

Second alarm. Occupied by J. J. Caldwell, hay' store. . 

10.46 p.m. • Loss $800. Insurance $300. 

Occupied by Fulton Iron Co., store-house. 
Occupied by John Quinn, stable. 
Fire originated in stable, and extended to other building. 
Cause supposed incendiary. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 15. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 15. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 1, 2, 3, 7, 10, 15 and 21; Hose Nos. 
2, 5, 9, 10 and 12 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3 
and 5; Chemical Engine No. 2, and Fire 
Boat. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



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August. 
Saturday. 

8th. 

7.00 p.m. 

Still alarm. 



Cor. Chestnut Hill Avenue and Washington St., Brighton. 

Owned by Thomas Graham. 
Fire originated among some lime on the sidewalk, and extended to 

a pile of lumber. 
Caused by lime slaking. 

Loss $20. No Insurance. 
Alarm given by Foreman Champney. 
Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 29. 
Foreman Champney in command. 



Saturday. No. 628 Broadway, South Boston. Two and one-half story wooden 

8th. tenement. 

9.45 a.m. Owned by Geo. Ochs. 

Still alarm. Occupiedby several families. 

Fire originated in a pile of shavings. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 2 with buckets of water. 



Saturday. 

8th. 
10.15 p.m. 
Still alarm. 



Highland Park Avenue, Highlands. 
Owned by John W. Robbins. 
Occupied by Wm. Gallagher. 

Fire originated in the yard. 
Caused by the slaking of lime. 
Alarm given by citizens. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 14. 
Foreman "Webber in command. 



Loss $25. No Insurance. 



Sunday. Nos. 121, 123 Friend St., and 14 Merrimac St. Four-story wooden 

9th. building, 15 X 30. 

8.55 p.m. Owned by Mrs. Eldridge. 

Still alarm. Loss $10. No Insurance. 

Occupied by M. L. Burlingame, dining saloon. 
Fire originated in basement. 
Caused by an overheated stove. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Extinguished by Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1. 
Foreman Bickford in command. 



Sunday. Seaverns Avenue, West.Roxbury. 

9th. dwelling, 30 X 18. 

9.15 a.m. Owned by Sarah Fallon. 

Still alarm. Occupied by Sarah Fallon. 

Fire originated in the chimnej^. 
Caused by soot taking fire. 



One and one-half story wooden 



96 City Document. — No. 96. 

August. 

Extinguished by Fireward Belford, with a pail of water and two 
quarts of salt. 
Company called, Engine No. 28. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Fireward Belford in command. 

Monday. Rear 142 B St., South Boston. 
10th. Owned by N. H. Blaney. 

5.40 p. m. Occupied byN. H. Blaney. 

Still alarm. Eire originated in some straw near a stable. 
Caused by children playing with matches. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 9 with buckets of water. 
Driver T. W. Gowen in command. 

Wednesday. No. 79 Hudson St. Three and one-half story brick tenement, 18 X 
12th. 33. 

7.15 a.m. Owned by Mrs. Tracey. 

Still alarm. Loss $20. Insurance $3,000. 

Eire originated in kitchen. 
Caused by defective flue. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 2, with buckets of water. 

Thursday. No. 59 Wareham St. Two-story brick building, 20 X 35. 
13th. Owned by Creesy & Noyes. 

3.13 p.m. Loss $50. Insurance $25,000. 

Still alarm. Occupied by Creesy and Noyes, dry house. 

Eire originated in shaving room, and extended to main building. 
Caused by steam pipes in shaving room. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Hook and Ladder Co. No. 3. 
Foreman J. Byron Prescott in command. 



Saturday. Canal St., Charlestown. Four-story wooden building, 50 X 100. 

15th. Owned by Mr. Perkins. 

7.45 p.m. Occupied by Kenner & French, morocco-dressers. 

Box 7. Alarm caused by burning old leather scraps in the furnace, with the 
damper shut, filling the room with smoke. 
First company at fire, Hose No. 1. 
Alarm given by citizens. 

Companies called, Engine No. 27 ; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 ; Hook and 
Ladder No. 9. 
Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 



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Sunday. 

16th. 
9.06 a.m. 
Box 356. 



August. 

Sunday. No. 274 Second St., So. Boston. Three-story, wooden tenement, 

16th. 40 X 25. 

7.03 a.m. Owned by James Marany. 

Box 142. Loss $25. No Insurance. 

Occupied by several families. 
Alarm given by police. 

Extinguished by citizens with buckets of water. 
Companies called, Engine Nos. 1, 2, 3, 7, 15; Hose Nos. 9, 10, 12; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 5. 
Asst. Engineer Brown in command. 

Euclid St., Ward 16. Two and one-half story unfinished wooden 
dwelling, 43 X 20. 
Owned by G. H. Pike. " 

Loss $150. Insurance $2,000. 
Eire originated on first floor. 
Cause, supposed accidental. 
Eirst company at fire, Engine No. 18. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by regular force and citizens, with pails of water. 
Companies called, Engine Nos. 16, 17, 18, 19 ; Hook and Ladder 
Nos. 6, 7. 
Asst. Engineer Hewins in command. 

No. 28 Beverly St. Eour-story wooden building, 20 X 40. 
Owned by A. T. English. 

Loss $150. No Insurance. 
Occupied by J. C McLellan, cabinet-maker. 

Loss $550. Insurance $4,150. 
Occupied by Nagle & Co., cabinet-makers. 
Occupied by S. H. Derby, cabinet-maker. 
Eire originated on fourth floor. 
Caused by an overheated stove. 
Eirst company at fire, Engine No. 8. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 8. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25 ; Hose No. 3 ; Hook 
and Ladder Nos. 1, 8; Chemical Engine No. 
1 ; Fire Boat. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Tuesday. Long Wharf. Steamship " Norman." 

18th. Owned by Whitney & Sampson. 

11.35 p.m. Fire originated in state-room. 
Still alarm. Caused by window-curtain taking fire. 
Alarm given by citizens. 

Extinguished by crew of Fire Boat, with pails of water. 
Captain G. A. Scott in command. 



Monday. 

17th. 

7.15 p.m. 

Box 4. 



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August. 
Wednesday. 
19 th. 

5.40 a.m. 

Box 56. 



No. .460 Federal St. Five-story brick building, 27 X 38. 
Owned by heirs of Sani'l A. Way. 

Loss $3,000. Insurance $5,000. 
Occupied by E. Geary & Son, junk-store. 

Loss $4,000. Insurance $2,000. 
Fire originated on first floor, and extended to roof. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 15. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 7. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 15, 25 and 26; Hose 
Nos. 2, 3, 5 and 9 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 
1, 3 and 8 ; Chemical Engine Nos. 1 and 2 ; 
Fire Boat. 
Chiee Engineer Green in command. 



Wednesday. 
19th. 
9.20 p.m. 
Still alarm. 



No. 



116 London St., East Boston. Two and one-half story brick 

dwelling. 
Owned by Horace Partridge. 



Occupied by Andrew J. Sanders. 



Loss 



Loss 



Insurance $2,500. 



Insurance 



Fire originated in lower story. 

Caused by the explosion of a kerosene-lamp. 

Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 9. 

Asst. Engineer Dunbar in command. 



Friday. No. 58 Fulton St. Three-story brick building, 25 X 30. 

21st. Owned by heirs of Mary H. Gilson. 

11.21 p.m. Loss $75. Insurance $4,000. 

Box 15. Occupied by E. B. Vannever & Co., house and ship plumbers. 

Fire originated under the second floor. 
Caused by the furnace. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 8. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 8. 
Alarm given by poliee. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25 and 26 ; Hose No. 
3 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 ; Chemi- 
cal Engine No. 1 ; Fire Boat. 
CbIef Engineer Green in command. 



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August. 
Saturday. 

22d. 
12.40 a.m. 
Still alarm. 



Chestnut Hill Ave., Brighton. 

Owned by Michael Kenney. 

Occupied by Michael Kenney. 

Loss $3.00. No Insurance. 
Tire originated on the "Bennett" School premises. 
Caused by lime slaking and setting fire to a pile of lumber. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 29. 

Foreman Champnet in command. 



Sunday. Nos. 418 and 420 Federal St. Two-story wooden building, 

23d. 190 X 48. 

0.29 a.m. Owned by A. D. Calef. 

Box 48. Loss 02,000. Insurance $2,200. 

Occupied by A. D. Calef, stable and coal sheds. 

Loss $2,400. Insurance $12,500. 
Eire originated in hay-loft and extended to coal-shed adjoining. 
Eirst company at fire, Engine No. 7. « . 

Eirst water on fire, Engine No. 7. 
Alarm given by private watchman at Water Works. 
Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 15, 25, 26 ; Hose Nos. 
2, 3, 5, 9 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 ; 
Chemical Engine Nos. 1 and 2 ; Eire Boat. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Sunday. No. 626 Harrison Avenue. Four-story brick building, 40 X 60. 

23d. Owned by Edward Gallager. 

7.25 a.m. Loss $5. Insurance $3,000. 

Still alarm. Occupied by Thomas Dolan, bar-room. 

Fire originated behind the bar. 
Cause unknown. 
Alarm given by a citizen. 

Extinguished by Hook and Ladder Company No. 3. 
Foreman J. Byron Prescott in command. 



Sunday. Corner of E and Third St., So. Boston. Two-story wooden building. 

23d. Owned by Micah Dyer. 

6.35 p.m. Occupied by Hill Bros., chain factory. 

Box 126. Fire originated in a small quantity of tar. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 
Alarm given by a citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 1, 2, 7, 15 ; Hose Nos. 9, 10, 12 ; Hook 
and Ladder No. 5. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



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City Document. — No. 96. 



August. 
Monday. 

24th. 

1.40 p.m. 

Still alarm. 



No. 24 Causeway St. Five-story brick building, 22 X 55. 
Owned by Hugh Leonard. 
Occupied by B. F. Seaver, eating saloon. 

Loss $3. Insurance $1,300. 
Fire originated on first floor. 
Caused by gas-jet'setting fire to paper trimmings. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Hoseman Fogg, of Engine Company No. 6, with 
pails of water. 



Monday. First St., between B and C Sts., So. Boston. Unoccupied one- 

24th. story wooden building, 100 X 80. 

6.11 p.m. Owned by Seth Adams' heirs. 

Box 121. Loss $1,000. No Insurance. 

Cause, supposed incendiary. 
First company at fire, Hose No. 9. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 9. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 1, 2, 3, 7, 15 ; Hose Nos. 9, 10, 12 ; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 5 ; Fire Boat. 
Chiee Engineer Green in command. 



Tuesday. Dorchester Ave., South Boston. "Wooden bridge over N. Y. and 

25th. N. E. R. R. 

8.00 a.m. Fire caused by the bursting of street gas-pipe and a passing loco- 
Still alarm. motive. 

Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 15. 
Asst. Engineer Brown in command. 



Tuesday. No. 91 Meridian St., East Boston. Wooden dwelling. 

25th. Occupied by James Queenan. 

3.08 p.m. Fire originated in cellar. 
Box 158. Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 9. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 9. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 5, 9, 11; Hose No. 6; Hook and 
Ladder No. 2. 
Asst. Engineer Dunbar in command. 



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August. 

Tuesday. Nos. 8 and 10 Pitts St. Five-story brick building, 50 X 70. 

25th. Owned by Brown and Langmaid. 

9.10 p.m. Loss $5,000. Insurance $30,000. 

Box 23. Occupied by Boston Star Collar Co. 

Second alarm. Occupied by Bay State Inner Sole Co. 

9.25 p.m. Occupied by F. F. Schmeiser, picture frames. 

Loss $17,772.64. Insurance $43,800. 
Fire originated in second story, and extended to roof. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 4. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 4. 
Alarm given by Foreman Cheswell. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 22, 25, 26 ; Hose 
Nos. 2, 3, 5 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 3, 
8 ; Chemical Engine No. 1. 
Accidents. Francis P. Mahan, Ladderman of Hook and Ladder Co. 
No. 8, had his foot badly cut by falling slate, while on duty. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Wednesday. No. 1 Elmer Place. Two-story wooden dwelling, 16 X 12. 
26th. Owned by Mr. Whitney. 

4.15 p.m. Occupied by J. H. Donnelly. 

Still alarm. Fire originated in the conductor. 

Caused by throwing matches in the gutter from roof. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 8. 

Asst. Engineer Cunningham in command. 

Wednesday. No. 19 So. Margin St. Four-story brick dwelling, 18 X 30. 
26th. Owned by Thomas Quinn. 

10.49 p.m. Occupied by John McCarty and others. 

Still alarm. Fire originated on fourth floor. 
Cause supposed incendiary. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Extinguished by Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1 and citizens with 

pails of water. 
Foreman Bickford in command. 



Thursday. No. 45 Hammond Park, Highlands. Three-story brick building, 
27th. • 25 X 15. 

12.00 m. Owned by Wm. H. Wallace. 

Still alarm. Unfinished. 

Fire originated in the yard adjoining the house. 
Caused by carelessness. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 7. 

Asst. Engineer Colligan in command. 



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August. 

Thursday. 

27th. 

6.52 p.m. 

Box 123. 

Second alarm. 

6.55 p.m. 



Nos. 13, 15 and 17 First St., and 82 to 88 Dorchester Avenue, 
South Boston. Two and three story wood and brick buildings, 
20 X 70 ; 50 X 50 ; 50 X 20 ; 70 X 40 ; 80 X 40. 
Owned by John Lally and Mortimer Downey. 

Loss $4,246. Insurance $10,000- 
Occupied by several parties as dwellings, stables, etc. 

Loss $3,500. Insurance $5,000. 
Fire originated in J. Lally's buildings and extended to four others. 
Cause supposed incendiary. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 15. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 15. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 1, 2, 3, 7, 10, 15, 21, 25, 26 ; Hose 
Nos. 2, 5, 9, 10, 12 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 
3, 5, 8 ; Chemical Engine 2 ; Fire Boat. 
Accidents. Hoseman L. L. La Pierre, of Engine Co. No. 26, while 
driving the hose-carriage to the fire, was thrown from the 
seat and seriously injured; Patrick Lyden, a citizen, was 
burned to death. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Friday. Simmons St., Highlands. Two-story wooden tenement house. 

28th. Owned by Frank Gilligin. 

10.15 a.m. Occupied by several families. 

'Still alarm. Fire originated near the base of chimney. 
Caused by defective construction of chimney. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 13. 
Foreman Freeman in command. 



Friday. Parker St., Highlands. Three-story brick building, 50 X 150. 
28th. Owned by Sewall, Day & Co. 

10.36 a.m. Occupied by Sewall, Day & Co., cordage factory. 

Box 216. Fire originated on third floor. 
Caused by friction of machinery. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 13. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 12, 13, 14, 22, 23, 24; Hose No. 7; 
Hook and Ladder No. 4 ; Chemical Engine 
No. 3. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



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August. 
Friday. 

28th. 
11.00 A.M. 
Still alarm. 



Vacant lot, between Foundry St. and Dorchester Avenue, 

South Boston. 
Fire originated among some hay and straw. 
Caused by boys setting it on fire. 
Alarm given by citizens. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 15, with pails of water. 

Foreman Cogley in command. 



Saturday. Cor. Centre and Lagrange Sts. Two and one-half story wooden 

29th. building, 35 X 24. 

2.55 a.m. Owned by Geo. K. Guild. 

Box 32. Loss $339. Insurance $2,500. 

West Roxbury. Occupied by J. J. Blake, grocery store. 

Loss $1,400. Insurance $2,000. 
Fire originated in L of wood-shed, and extended to main L of store. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 
Alarm given by citizen. 
Company called, Hand Engine No. 2. 
Fireward Spear in command. 



Saturday. No. 115 Havre St., East Boston. Two and one-half story dwelling, 
29th. 25 X 30. 

9.25 a.m. Owned by Robert Wright. 

Box 158. Occupied by Mary Camelon and Howard Mitchell. 

Fire originated in lower story. 
Caused by an overheated stove. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 9. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 5, 9 and 11: Hose No. 6; Hook and 
Ladder No. 2. 
Asst. Engineer Dunbar in command. 



Monday. No. 79 Lawrence St. One-story wooden dwelling, 10 X 15. 

31st. Owned by Daniel Donovan. 

1.30 p.m. Occupied by Daniel Donovan. 

Box 12. Fire originated in wood-shed. 
Charlestown. Caused by sparks from chimney. 

First company at fire, Hose No. 1. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 1. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine No. 27 ; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4 ; Hook 
and Ladder No. 9. 
Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 



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August. 
Monday. 

31st. 

8.05 p.m. 

Still alarm. 



No. 46 Silver St., South Boston. Three-story wooden dwelling, 
30 X 40. 

Owned by Dr. Dennis Ferguson. 

Occupied by several families. 
Fire caused by the explosion of a kerosene lamp. 
Alarm given by a citizen. 

Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 9 with buckets of water. 



recapitulation. 

Total number of fires 45 

Confined to one building 42 

Extended to other buildings 3 

Estimated loss on buildings $43,871 00 

" " " stock . 51,480 19 

Eull insurance on buildings ......... 159,000 00 

" " stock 166,450 00 

Alarms given by patrol 4 

" " " individual members ........ 4 

" " " police 13 

" " " citizens 34 

" " " District Telegraph Co 

Alarms. Telegraph, fires . . . 27 

" " false 6 

" still . 24 

Total 57 

Buildings, slightly damaged 38 

" considerably damaged ......... 6 

" totally destroyed 1 



SEPTEMBER. 

Tuesday. Engine Co. No. 29 and Hook and Ladder Co. No. 11 were called to 

1st. a fire in Cambridgeport. 

4.55 a.m. Alarm given by police. 



Still alarm. 



Foreman C. H. Champney in command. 



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September. 
Tuesday. 

1st. 
10.03 A.M. 
Box 162. 



Border St., East Boston. Jackson's ship-yard. Schooner " Wil- 
liamine." 

Owned by Kilham, Loud & Co. 
Fire originated in cook's galley. 
Caused by oil boiling over. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 5. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 5, 9, 11; Hose TSTo. 6; Hook and 
Ladder No. 2 ; Fire Boat. 

Asst. Engineer Dunbar in command. 



Tuesday. Washington near Green St. One-story wood-shed, 6X4. 

1st. Owned by J. Kenney. 

2.12 p.m. Occupied by M. Butler. 

Box 13. Fire originated among some shavings. 
W. Roxbury. Cause, supposed carelessness of children. 
Alarm given by citizen. 
Company called, Engine No. 28. 

Asst. Engineer Hewins in command. 



Wednesday. No. 28 Temple St. Four-story brick dwelling, 20 X 40. 
2d. Owned by D. Simonds. 

8.40 p.m. Occupied by Miss A. M. Simonds. 

Still alarm. Fire originated in attic. 

Caused by clothing blowing against gas-jet. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine N,o. 4; Chemical Engine No. 1. 
Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 4, with pails of water. 
Asst. Engineer Abbott in command. 



Wednesday. No. 240 Meridian St., East Boston. Three-story wooden building, 
2d. 25 X 60. 

11.37 p.m. Owned by Joseph P. Hamblin. 

Box 162. Loss $1,390. Insurance $3,700. 

Occupied by Davis & Greenwood, dry goods store. 

Loss $1,500. Insurance $5,500. 
Fire originated under stairs in entry and extended to roof. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 9. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 9. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 5, 9, 11; Hose No. 6; Hook and 
Ladder No. 2 ; Fire Boat. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



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September. 
Thursday. 

3d. 
9.20 a.m. 
Box 75. 



No. 48 West Dedham St. Two and one-half story wooden build- 
ing, IS X 30. 

Owned by Mr. Favour. 

Occupied by Silas Lovell, dwelling. 
Fire originated in a feather-bed in the attic. 
Cause unknown. 
First company at fire, Hose No. 5. 

Extinguished by Hose Company No. 5, with buckets of water. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 12, 13, 23; Hose No. 5; Hook 
and Ladder No. 3; Chemical Engine No. 2. 

Asst. Engineer Fernald in command. 



Thursday. No. 69 Charter St. Two and one-half story wooden dwelling, 30 X 25. 
3d. Owned by W. H. Atwood. 

12.55 p.m. Occupied by several families. 

Still alarm. Fire originated on first floor. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Extinguished by Engine Company No. 8. 



Thursday. No. 103 Pleasant St. Three and one-half story brick dwelling. 

3d. Owned by Matthes' heirs. 

7.10 p.m. Occupied by Mrs. Florence. 

Still alarm. Fire originated on third floor. 

Cause, lace curtains blowing against gas-jet. 
Alarm given by citizen." 

Extinguished by Chemical Engine No. 2, with pails of water. 



Thursday. False alarm. 

3d. Given by citizen, supposing the Clarendon-street Church was on fire. 

7.33 p.m. Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 12, 13, 23, 26 ; Hose Nos. 2 and 5 ; 

Box 73. Hook and Ladder No. 3 ; Chemical Engine, 

. No. 2. 
Asst. Engineer Fernald in command. 



Thursday. False alarm. 

3d. Given by police, on account of smoke from a brush-fire in Maiden 

7.40 p.m. filling Medford street. 

Box 24. Companies called, Engine No. 27 ; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4 ; Hook 
Charlestown. and Ladder No. 9. 

Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 



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September. 
Friday. 

4th. 

7.05 a.m. 

Still alarm. 



Decatur St., East Boston. One and one-half story wooden building, 
25 X 40. 

Owned by H. T. Litchfield. 

Occupied by Frederick Smith, stable. 
Fire originated in cellar, in manure-heap. 
Cause unknown. 
Alarm given by citizen. , 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 9. 

Foreman Sherman in command. 



Friday. No. 46 Prince St. Three-story brick dwelling, 18 X 25. 

4th. Owned by Thomas Caswell. 

10.30 a.m. Occupied by Mrs. L. Hargitt. 

Still alarm. Fire originated on third floor. 
Cause, defective flue. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 8. 
Asst. Foreman Smith in command. 

Saturday. Corner Dover St. and Harrison Ave. Three and one-half story 
5th. brick building, 20 X 26. 

9.15 a.m. Owned by P. H. Logan. 

Still alarm. Occupied by Seeley & Adamson, piano-forte factory. 

Fire slight. 

Caused by defective flue. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 3. 
Asst. Foreman Hussev in command. 

Saturdav. No. 15 East Canton St. Three and one-half story brick dwelling, 

5th. 20 X 30. 

10.52 a.m. Owned by C. H. Carruth. 

Box 74. Occupied by C. H. Carruth. 

Needless alarm. 

Caused by smoke beating down the chimney. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 12, 13, 21, 23 ; Hose No. 5 ; Hook 
and Ladder Nos. 3, 4 ; Chemical Engine No. 2. 
Asst. Engineer Colligan in command. 



Saturday. Second St. near K, South Boston. Two-story wooden building, 80 

5th. X 40. 

3.40 p.m. Owned by Lemuel H. Dwelley. 

Box 136. Loss $ 2,400. Insurance $6,400. 

Second alarm. Occupied by George & Proctor, barrel factory. 

3.45 p.m. Loss $2,000. Insurance $12,500. 
Fire originated in shaving-shoot between shop and boiler room. 



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September. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 2. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 2. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called. Engine Nos. 1, 2, 3, 7, 13, 15 and 26; Hose Nos. 
2, 3, 5, 9, 10 and 12; Hook and Ladder 
Nos. 1, 3 and 5; Chemical Engine No. 2; 
Fire Boat. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Monday. No. 448 Federal St. Three and one-half story brick building, 27 X 48. 
7th. Owned by N. Ward & Co. 

3.54 a.m. Occupied by N. Ward & Co., storehouse. 
Box 56. Fire originated on first floor. 

Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 7. 

First water on fire, Hose No. 2, by members of Engine No. 7. 

Alarm given by private watchman at O. C. R. R. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 15, 25 and 26 ; Hose 

Nos. 2, 3, 5 and 9 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 

1, 3 and 8 ; Chemical Engine Nos. 1 and 2 ; 

Fire Boat. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Monday. No. 103 Tyler St. One-story wooden building, 40 X 70. 
7th. Owned by G. W. & J. B. Hager. 

7.55 p.m. Occupied by G. W. & J. B. Hager, stable. 
Still alarm. Fike originated in a wagon under the shed. 

Cause unknown. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 2, with buckets of water. 

Driver John Knights in command. 



Monday. Wales Wharf, Federal St. Two-story wooden building, 50jX 150. 

7th. Owned by Wales heirs. 

8.32 p.m. Loss $1,100. Insurance $2,500. 

Box 59. Occupied by W. F. Wade & Son, and othess, hay storage. 

Loss $1,200. Insurance $3,300. 
Fire originated on first floor, and extended Jo roof. 
Cause unknown. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 25 and 26 ; Hose 
Nos. 2, 3, and 5 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 
3 and 8 ; Chemical Engine No. 1 ; Fire Boat. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 7. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 7. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



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September. 
Tuesday. 

8th. 

11.50 a.m. 

Box 17. 

Charlestown. 



Tuesday. 

8th. 
12.30 a.m. 
Still alarm. 



Tuesday. 

8th. 
10.5^p.m. 
Box 217. 



Wednesday. 
9th. 
2.09 p.m. 
Box 68. 



Nos. 32 to 40 Chapman St. Three-story wooden building, 75 X 40. 

Owned by Amos Brown. 

Occupied by Brown & Robinson, planing mill. 
First company at fire, Hose No. 1. 

Extinguished by workmen with buckets of water. 
Alarm given by citizen. 
Companies called, Engine No. 27 ; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4 ; Hook 

and Ladder No. 9. 
Foreman Delano, of Engine No. 27, in command. 

Rear 130 Broadway, South Boston. 

Owned by H. N. Hatch. 

Occupied by H. N. Hatch. 
Eire originated in a wooden barrel. 
Caused by hot ashes being placed therein. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 9. 

Driver Gowen in command. 



No. 



Highlands. Three-story wooden tenement 



11 Riverside St. 

140 X 40. 
Owned by Robert T. Paine, Jr. 
Occupied by several families. 
Fire originated in closet on first floor. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 13. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 13. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 12, 13, 14 and 22; Hose Co. No. 7; 
Hook and Ladder No. 4 ; Chemical Engine 
No. 3. 
Asst. Engineer Colligan in command. 

Randolph St. One-story wooden building, 16 X 40. 
Owned by Seth Whittier. 

Loss $t,00. Insurance $1,000. 
Occupied by several parties, stable. 

Loss $400. No Insurance. 
Fire originated in stable, and extended to stable in rear. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Hook and Ladder No. 3. 
First water on fire, " Dunham " Hose. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 7, 12, 13, 15 and 26 ; Hose Nos. 
2, 5 and 9; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3 and 4; 
Chemical Engine No. 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



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September. 

Wednesday. Bear 120 B St., So. Boston. 

9th. Fire originated among some rubbish and hay in an old wagon-body. 

3.05 p.m. Fike set by boys. 
Still alarm. Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 9, with buckets of water. 
Driver Gowan in command. 

Wednesday. No. Ill Merrimac St. Three-story wooden building, 60 X 32. 
9th. Owned by heirs of John G. Loring. 

11.35 p.m. Occupied by James Cameron, blacksmith. 

Still alarm. Occupied by J. B. Humphrey, carpenter. 

Firb originated on first floor. 
Caused by hot cinders from the forge. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Extinguished by 'Engine Co. No. 6, with pails of water. 
Foreman Kimball in command. 

Thursday. No. Ill Merrimac St. Three-story wooden building, 60 X 32. 
10th. Owned by heirs of John G. Loring. 

8.50 a.m. Occupied by Jaaies Cameron, blacksmith. 

Still alarm. Fire originated on first floor. 
Caused by sparks from forge. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Extinguished by Hosemen Freeman and Fogg, of Engine No. .6, 
with buckets of water. 



Thursday. No. 9 Swan St., So. Boston. Brick tenement, 100 X 40. 

10th. Owned by R. E. Bishop. 

10.43 a.m. Occupied by several families. 

Still alarm. Fire originated among some straw on the she'd. 
Caused by children playing with matches. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 15, with baskets of water. 



Thursday. No. 2 Grape Place. Three-story brick dwelling, 20 X 27. 

10th. Owned by J. H. Moulton. 

11.19 a.m. Occupied by Mrs. James Conners. 

Box 7. Needless alarm. 

Caused by a defective flue filling the house with smoke. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 8, 10, 3%, 36 ; Hose Nd 3 ; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. I, § ; Chemical Engine 
No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



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September. 
Thursday. 

10th. 

11.42 A.M. 

Box 184. 



Border St., East Boston. 

Owned by Robert E. Jackson. 

Occupied by Robert E. Jackson, ship-yard. 
Fire originated on the wharf. 
Caused by a kettle of pitch boiling over. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 5. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 5, 9, 11; Hose No. 6: 
Ladder No. 2 ; Fire Boat. 

Asst. Engineer Dunbar in command. 



Hook and 



Thursday. No. 93 C St., South Boston. Two and one-half story woodan build- 
10th. ing, 25 X 40. 

6.54 p.m. Owned by Libby heirs. 

Box 124. Occupied by S. J. Connolly, restaurant. 

Fire caused by the explosion of a kerosene lamp. 
Alarm given by police. 

Compares called, Engine Nos. 1, 2, 3, 7 and 15; Hose Nos. 9, 10 
and 12; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3 and 5. 
Asst. Engineer Brown in command. 



Thursday. No. 7 West St. Four and one-half story brick building, 20 X 60. 
10th. Owned by Codman heirs. 

8.15 p.m. Occupied by A. Carleton & Co., and others. # 

Still alarm. Fire originated on fourth floor. 
Caused by gas stove. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 26. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 26. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 25 and 26 ; Hook and Lad4ar No. 
Asst. Engineer Regan in command. 



Friday. No. 48 Lincoln St. Three-story wooden building, with brick L, 

11th. 25 X 65. 

1.53 a.m. Owned by Whiting heirs. 

Box 52. Occupied by John Gorman, junk store. 

Fire originated on first floor of the L. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 7. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 7. * 

Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25 and 26 ; Hose 
Nos. 2, 3 and 5 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 
3 and 8 ; Chemical Engine Nos. 1 and 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



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September. 

Friday. 
11th. 

7.15 p.m. 

Box 24. 
West Eoxbury. 



Cor. Washington St. and Metropolitan Avenue. Two-story 
wooden dwelling and stable, 50 X 20 and 50 X 25. 
Owned by W. H. Warner. 

Loss $3,500. Insurance $2,500. 
Unoccupied. 
Fire originated in the stable, and extended to house. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 
First company at fire, Hand Engine No. 3. 
First water on fire, Hand Engine Nos. 2 and 3. 
Alarm given by citizens. 

Companies called, Engine No. 28 ; Hook and Ladder No. 10 ; Hand 
Engine Nos. 2 and 3. 
Asst. Engineer Hewins in command. 



Saturday. No. 238 Cabot St., Highlands. Three-story wooden tenement, 

12th. 100 X 30. 

2.00 p.m. Owned by Bishop & Riley. 

Still alarm. Occupied by thirty families. 

Fire originated on the roof, near the chimney. 
Caused by sparks from chimney. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 13. 
Foreman Freeman in command. 

Saturday. No. 2 Chapel Place. Three-story brick dwelling, 20 X 25. 
12th. Owned by Mrs. Smith. 

6.48 p.m. Occupied by Thomas Winn. 

Box 8. Fire originated in the L. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Hook and Ladder No. 1. 
First water on fire, Hook and Ladder No. 1. 

Extinguished with buckets of water. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26 ; Hose No. 3 ; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 ; Chemical 
Engine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Saturday. No. 2 Chapel Place. Three-story brick dwelling, 20 X 25. 
12th. Owned by Mrs. Smith. 

8.25 p.m. Occupied by Thomas Winn. 

Still alarm. Fire originated on roof of L. 
Cause, rekindling of above fire. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Extinguished by Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1, with buckets of 

water. 
Foreman Bickford in command. 



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Septembek. 

SUNDAY. 

13th. 

3.58 a.m. 

Box 124. 

Second alarm. 

4.06 a.m. 



No. 150 Broadway, South Boston. Three wooden buildings, three 
stories high, and one, two and one-half stories. 
Owned by Hunt heirs ; C. B. Lane ; C. O. Bigelow. 

Loss $3,642. Insurance $20,800. 
Occupied by Mrs. Green ; Furlong & Hickey ; St. Stephen'* chapel. 

Loss $1,500. Insurance $1,000. 
Tire originated in the bake-shop and extended to other buildings. 
Caused by the oven in bake-shop. 
First company at fire, Hose No. 9. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 9. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 1, 2, 3, 7, 10, 15, 21, 25, 26 ; Hose Nos. 
2, 5, 9, 10, 12 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 5, 
8 ; Chemical Engine No. 2. 
Accidents. A citizen, named Driscoll, who was assisting Engine Co. 
No. 7, slipped on the roof and severely cut his wrist with glass 
in the skylight. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Sunday. Prospect Street. 

13th. Fire originated in the street among some straw. 

11.45 a.m. Set on eire by boys. 
Still alarm. Alarm given by patrol. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 6. 

Asst. Foreman Whitehead in command. 



Sunday. No. 56 C St., South Boston. Two-story wooden stable. 

13th. Owned by Michael McGrath. 

2.20 p.m. Loss $400. No Insurance. 

Box 129. Occupied by M. McGrath. 

Loss $100. No Insurance. 
Fire originated in the stable, and extended to next building. 
Cause, children playing with matches. 
First company at fire, Hose No. 9. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 9. 
Alarm given by a citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 1, 2, 3, 7, 15, 21 ; Hose Nos. 9, 10, 
12 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3 and 5. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Monday. Rear 135 Cabot St., Highlands. Two-story wooden building, 

14th. 30 X 50. 

6.55 a.m. Owned by heirs of J. C. Pratt. 

Still alarm. Occupied by M. Anthony, machine shop. 

Occupied by C. H. Lincoln, repair shop. 



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September. 



Fire originated in a barrel. 
Caused by hot ashes. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 7, with buckets of water. 



Tuesday. No. 327 Medford St. Two-story wooden dwelling and stable, 

llfch* 15 X 20. 

1.45 a.m. Owned by Wm. A. Meade. 

Box 4. Loss $250. No Insurance. 

Charlestown. Occupied by Wm. A. Meade. 

Loss $50. No Insurance. 
Fire originated in L of house used for a stable, and extended *o 

house. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 27. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 27. 
Alarm given by police. 
Companies called, Engine No. 27; .Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4; Hook and 

Ladder No. 9. 
Accidents. Mrs. McCollough was badly burnt. 
Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 



Tuesday. No. 11 Athens St., South Boston. Two and one half-story wooden 

15th. dwelling, 30 X 50. 

7.00 p.m. Owned by Owen Douley. 

Still alarm. Occupied by Owen Douley. 

Fire originated in the second story. 
Caused by the explosion of a kerosene lamp. 
Alarm gives* by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 15, with buckets of water. 



WisMras-DAY. Rear 48 Lincoln St. One-story wooden building. 10 X 18. 
16th. Owned by Whiting heirs. 

4.59 a.m. Occupied by John Gorman, junk store. 

Box 52. Fire originated on first floor and extended to roof. 
Cause unknown. 

Alarm given by private watchman. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 7. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 7. 

Companies called^ Engine Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26; Hose Nos. 
2, 3, 5; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 3, 8 
Chemical Engine Nos. 1, 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



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September. 

Wednesday. 

16th 

5.50 a.m. 

Still alarm. 



No. 396 Atlantic Ate. One-story brick and iron building, 10 X 15. 

Owned by Mr. Storen. 

Occupied by Mr. Storer, dry-dock covering for pitch-kettle. 
Eire originated under the kettle, and extended to planking of -wharf. 
Cause, defective furnace. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 25. 
Eirst water on fire, Engine No. 25. 
Alarm given by patrol. 
Companies called, Engine No. 25 ; Hook and Ladder No. 8. 

Foremen Frost and Griffin in command. 



Wednesday. Mo. 39 Taber St., Highlands. Two-story wooden dwelling. 
16th. Owned by heirs of Daniel Jackson. 

9.15 p.m. Occupied by Mr. Palfrey. 

Still alarm. Fire originated in the basement. 
Cause unknown. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 12, with buckets of water. 

Thursday. Cor. B and First Sts., South Boston. Two- story wooden build- 
17th. ing, 100 X 100. 

7.01 a.m. Owned by N. Y. & N. E. K. E. 

Box 121. Occupied by George Miles, boiler-maker. 

" "J. Kurrus, cooper's shop. 

Fire originated among some shavings. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 
First company at fire, Hose No. 9. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 1, 2, 3, 7 and 15; Hose Nos. 9, 10 
and 12 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3 and 5. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Friday. No. 8 Haymarket Place. Five-story brick building, 20 X 35. 

18th. Owned by W. M. Blackmoor. ' 

2.09 a.m. Occupied by Healey, Morse & Co., furniture manufactory. 

Box 39. Fire originated on first floor. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 26. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 26. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25 and 26 ; Hose 
Nos. 2, 3 and 5 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 
3 and 8 ; Chemical Engine Nos. 1 and 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



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September. 
Saturday. 

19th. 
3.25 p.m. 
Box 63. 



Cor. Boylston and Dartmouth Sts. 
30 X 70. 
Owned by M. Litchfield. 



One-story wooden building, 



No Insurance. 



Loss 
Occupied by " The Whale," whale-house. 

Loss $500. No Insurance. 
Fire originated inside. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 
First company at fire, Chemical Engine No. 2. 
First water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 2. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 6, 10, 22 and 26 ; Hose Nos. 3 

and 5 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 3 ; 

Chemical Engine Nos. 1 and 2. 

Accidents. A. W. Brown, hoseman of Engine Co. No. 26, lost a 

portion of two fingers, they being cut off" while unreeling hose. 

Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Saturday. No. 869 Washington St. Three and one-half story brick dwelling, 
19th. 22 X 30. 

5.15 p.m. Owned by Mr. Warner. 

Still alarm. Occupied by Mr. Warner. 

Fire originated in second story. 
Cause, defective flue. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 3. 
Foreman Hines in command. 



Saturday. No. 120 Tyler St. Two-story wooden building, 16 X 36. 

19th. Owned by J. C. Rollins. 

7.06 p.m. Loss $70. No Insurance, 

Box 57. Occupied by A. D. Entremont, carpenter. 

Occupied by Wm. Burroughs, blacksmith. 

Loss $85. Insurance $300. 
Fire originated on second floor, and extended to roof. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Hose No. 2. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 2. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 7, 10, 15, 25 and 26 ; Hose Nos. 
2, 5 and 9 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3 and 8 ; 
Chemical Engine Nos. 1 and 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



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September. 
Sunday. 

20th. 

12.40 p.m. 

Still alarm. 

Charlestown. 



Rear 25 Pearl St. Two-story wooden building, 15 X 20. 

Owned by Mr. McLeahame. 

Occupied by Mr. McLeahame, cabinet-shop. 
Fire originated on second floor. 
Caused by dropping a lighted match among some rags. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 27, with hand-hose. 

Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 



Sunday. No. 169 Hanover St. Eour-story wooden building, 24 X 40. 

20th. Owned by Ascher Ratshesky. 

6.19 p.m. Loss §150. No Insurance. 

Box 17. Occupied by M. Mahoney, saloon. 

Occupied by J. Cole, cigar store. 
Occupied by Louis Coyne, tailor-shop. 
Occupied by S. Nierstein, upholsterer. 

Loss $200. Insurance $1,800. 
Eire originated in the second story, and extended to the third. 
Caused by an overheated stove setting fire to a bed. 
Eirst company at fire, Hook and Ladder No. 1. 
Eirst water on fire, Engine No. 8. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25 and 26; Hose No. 
3 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 ; Chemical 
Engine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Tuesday. No. 79 Prince St. One-story wooden dwelling, 12 X 15. 

22d. Owned by heirs of G. W. Shattuck. 

10.30 a.m. Occupied by several families. 

Still alarm. Eire originated on first floor of L. 
Cause unknown. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 8. 
Asst. Eoreman Smith in command. 



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Tuesday. North Charles St. One and one-half story wooden building, 

22d. 10 X 18. 

10.45 a.m. Owned by Boston Gas Light Co. 

Box 7. Unoccupied. 

Eire originated on the roof. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 
Eirst company at fire, Engine No. 6. 



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September. 

First water on fire, Engine No. 4. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 8, 10, 25 ; Hose No. 3 ; Hook 
and Ladder Nos. 1, 8; Chemical Engine 
No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Wbdnesdat. No. 108 Fourth St., South Boston. Four-story brick dwelling, 
23d. 70 X 30. 

6.25 a.m. Owned by heirs of Eben Jackson. 

Still alarm. Occupied by Henry Tighe, variety store. 

Fire originated on first floor. 
Caused by explosion of a kerosene lamp. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 15, with buckets of water. 
Engineman Fitzgerald in command. 



Thursday. No. 145 Charlestown St. Four-story wood and brick building, 
24th. 20 X 40. 

9.0G p.m. Owned by "W. W. Bellows. 

Box 12. Loss $686. Insurance $3,000. 

Occupied by Thomas F. O'Ne'il, junk store. 
Occupied by Philip Malone, tin ware and stove factory. 

Loss $1,300. Insurance $3,433. 
Fire originated on first floor, and extended to roof. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Hook and Ladder No. 1. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 8. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25; Hose No. 3; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8 ; Chemical En- 
gine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Thursday. Rear 8 Walker St. Two-story wooden building, 20 X 30. 

24th. Owned by Messrs. Smith & Co. 

11.30 p.m. Occupied by Messrs. Smith & Co., stable. 

Box 7. Fire originated in hay-loft. 
Charlestown. Cause, supposed incendiary. 

First company at fire, Hose No. 1. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 1. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine No. 27; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4; Hook and 
Ladder No. 9. 
Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 



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September. 

Friday. 

25th. 

10.30 p. m. 

Box 12. 

Charlestown. 



"William St. Two-story wooden building, 40 X 110. 
Owned by the Winchester heirs. 

Loss $500. Insurance $1,500. 
Occupied by Parsons, Page & Winchester, stable. 

Loss $500. Insurance $100. 
Fire originated in the hay-loft. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 
First company at fire, Hose No. 1. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 1. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine No. 27; Hose Nos. 1,2,3,4; Hook and 
Ladder No. 9. 
Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 



Saturday. Rear 487 Main St. One-story wooden building, 8 X 10. 
26th. Owned by Mr. Flanagan. 

8.25 p.m. Occupied by Mr. Flanagan, stable. 

Box 5. Fire originated in a bale of hay. 
Charlestown. Cause, supposed incendiary. 

First company at fire, Hose No. 2. 

Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 2, with buckets of water. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine No. 27; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 ; Hook and 
Ladder No. 9 ; Fire Boat. 
Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 

Saturday. No. 30 Beach St. Five-story brick building, 100 X 150. 
26th. Owned by William Carleton. 

9.23 p.m. Loss $1,900. Insurance $20,000. 

Box 53. Occupied by William Carleton, lamp and gas fixture factory. 

Second alarm. Loss $1,365. Insurance $10,000. 

9.29 p.m. Fire originated on the fourth floor, and extended to roof. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 26. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 26. 
Alarms given by citizens. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 22, 23, 25, 26 ; Hose 
Nos. 2, 3, 5 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 3, 8 ; 
Chemical Engine Nos. 1, 2. 
Chief. Engineer Green in command. 



Saturday. Rear 440 Main St. One-story wooden building, 8 X 10. 
26th. Owned by M. B. Hall. 

9.25 p.m. Occupied by Mr. Mulligan, stable. 

Box 8. Fire originated in one corner. 
Charlestown. Cause, supposed incendiary. 



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September. 



First company at fire, Hose No. 2. 

Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 2, with buckets of water. 
Alarm given by a citizen. 

Companies called, Engine No. 27 ; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 ; Hook and 
Ladder No. 9. 

Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 

Saturday. False alarm. 

26th. Alarm given by some person unknown. 

10.38 p.m. Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 10 and 26; Hose Nos. 2, 3; 
Box 35. Hook and Ladder No. 1 ; Chemical Engine 

No. 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Monday. Rear 81 Portland St. One-story brick dwelling, 18 X 26. 

28th. Owned by Levi Bowles. 

1.40 p.m. Occupied by T. F. McGann, brass foundry. 

Still alarm. Alarm given by citizen. 

Fire originated on first floor. 
Cause unknown. 

Extinguished by Hook and Ladder No. 1, with buckets of water. 
Foreman Bickford in command. 



Monday. Clapp St., Ward 16. Three-story wooden dwelling, 100 X 25. 

28th. Owned by heirs of Oakes Ames. 

7.39 p.m. Loss $200. No Insurance. 

Box 312. Unoccupied. 

Fire originated on first floor, and extended to roof. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 21. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 21. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 17, 18, 21 and 23; Hose No. 10; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 4 and 7. 
Asst. Engineer Munroe in command. 



Monday. Washington St. One and one-half story wooden dwelling, 30 X 35. 

28th. Owned by Wm. McLaughlin. 

3.30 P.M. Occupied by Wm. McLaughlin. 

Still alarm. Fire originated in the wood-work around the chimney 
Brighton. Caused by placing wood in stove to dry. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 29. 
Foreman Champney in command. 



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September. 

Tuesday. Cor. Norfolk and River Sts., Ward 16. Two and one-half story 

29th. wooden building, 35 X 25. 

8.53 p.m. Owned by beirs of James Tolman. 

Box 353. Loss $50. Insurance $400. 

Occupied by J. B. L. Bartlett, grocery store. 
" " " Good Templars," Lodge room. 

Loss $405. Insurance $4,000. 
Fire originated under tbe stairway, in rear room, and extended to 

main store. 
Cause, accidental. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 19. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 19. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 16, 18, 19 ; Hook and Ladder No. 6. 
Asst. Engineer Hewins in command. 



recapitulation. 

Total number of fires s 60 

Confined to one building .......... 54 

Extended to other buildings .......... 6 

Estimated loss on buildings $16,138 00 

" " stock 11,105 00 

Full insurance on buildings 61,900 00 

" " " stock . . . . " 41,933 00 

Alarms given by patrol 11 

" " " individual members ........ 

" " " police • 16 

" " " citizens . . . . . . . . . . ' 40 

" " " District Telegraph Co 

Alarms. Telegraph, fires 36 

" " false 1 

" " needless 4 

" still 27 

Total 68 

Buildings slightly damaged 47 

" considerably damaged ......... 9 

" totally destroyed 4 



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October. 

Thursday. 

1st. 

2.10 p.m. 

Still alarm. 



OCTOBER. 

Bear 62 Pitts St. Three-story wooden building, 25 X 30. 

Owned by J. A. Ryan. 

Occupied by several families. 
Fire originated in the cellar. 
Cause unknown. 
Alarm given by police. 

Extinguished by Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1, with pails of water. 

Foreman Bickford in command. 



Thursday. No. 2 West St. Two-story wooden dwelling, 20 X 30. 
1st. Owned by John McNeal. 

2.40 p.m. Occupied by John McNeal. 

Box 6. Loss $25. No Insurance. 

Charlestown. Fire originated in a feather-bed. 

Caused by children playing with matches. 
First company at fire, Hose No. 1. 
' Alarm given by police. 
Companies called, Engine No. 27; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4; Hook 
and Ladder No. 9. 
Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 

Thursday. Commercial St., "Ward 16. One-story brick building, 75 X 25. 

1st. Owned by The Dorchester Gas Co. 

5.13 p.m. Occupied by " " " 

Box 316. Fire originated from retort. 

Caused by the bursting of the retort. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 17. 
Alarm given by boys. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 17, 18 and 21 ; Hook and Ladder 
Nos. 6 and 7. 
Asst. Engineer Hewins in command. 



Saturday. No. 18 A St., South Boston. Two and one-half story wooden dwell- 
3d. ing, 18 X 25. 

1.37 p.m. Owned by Bernhard May. 

Box 123. Loss $200. Insurance $1,800. 

Occupied by several families. 
Fire originated in the wood-shed. 
Caused by children playing with matches. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 15. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 9. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 1, 2, 3, 7 and 15; Hose Nos. 9, 10 
and 12 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3 and 5. 
Asst. Engineer Brown in command. 



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October. 
Saturday. 

3d. 
3.17 p.m. 
Box 136. 



No. 38 K St., South Boston. Two and one-half story wooden dwell- 
ing, 25 X 30. 

Owned by John Murphy. 

Occupied by Alois Rich. 
Eire originated among some straw. 
Caused by children playing with matches, 
First company at fire, Engine No. 2. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 2. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 1, 2 and 15 ; Hose Nos. 9, 10 and 12 ; 
Hook and Ladder No. 5. 

Asst. Engineer Brown in command. 



Saturday. No. 92 Broadway, South Boston. Three-story wooden building, 
3d. 40 X 25. 

6.05 p.m. Owned by Thomas O'Hearn. 

Still alarm. Occupied by M. Lintinna, fruit store. 

Fire originated in the store. 
Caused by the bursting of a kerosene lamp. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 9. 
Asst. Engineer Brown in command. 



Saturday. No. 114 State St. Five-story iron and brick building, 70 X 50. 

3d. Owned by H. S. Russell. 

6.25 p.m. > Occupied by Telegraph Co. 

Box 37. Alarm given by police. 

Needless alarm given for a light in the fifth story, supposing it to 

be a fire. 
Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25 and 26 ; Hose 
Nos. 2 and 3 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 
8 ; Chemical Engine No. 1 ; Fire Boat. 
Asst. Engineer Cunningham in command. 



Saturday. Cor. K and Fifth Sts., South Boston. Three -story brick dwelling, 

3d. 25 X 40. 

10.15 p.m. Owned by Benj. James. 

Still alarm. Occupied by Mr. Bates. 

Fire caused by gas leakage. ' 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 2. 
Engineman Twiss in command. 



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October. 
Sunday. 

4th. 
2.36 a.m. 
Box 37. 



No. 31 India St. Four-story brick building, 20 X 50. 
Owned by heirs of Mrs. Aline. 

Loss $300. Insurance $7,500. 
Occupied by Thayer, Brigham & Co. Commission merchants. 
Occupied by C. J. Prince. Oil broker. 

Loss $1,700. Insurance $2,700. 
Fire originated in the cellar and extended to third floor. 
Caused by fire dropping down the flue, setting cotton on fire. 
First company at fire, Hook and Ladder No. 8. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 25. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26; Hose Nos. 
2, 3 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1,8; Chemical 
Engine No. 1 ; Fire Boat. 
Asst. Engineer Cunningham in command. 



Sunday. No. 9 Medeord St. Three-story brick dwelling, 20 X 25. 

4th. Owned by Dennis Cawley. 

5.44 p.m. Loss $25. Insurance $1,500. 

Box 12. Occupied by James McGinnis. 

Fire originated in third story. 
Caused by a defective flue. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 8. 
First water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 1. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25 ; Hose No. 3 ; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8 ; Chemical En- 
gine No. 1. 
Asst. Engineer Abbott, in command. 



Mondat. No. 20 Gouch St. Four-story brick hotel, 25 X 50. 

5th. Owned by Albert Brown. 

1.16 a.m. . Loss $250. Insurance 3,000. 

Box 23. Occupied by Peter Pickart. 

Loss $100. No Insurance. 
Fire originated in back room and roof. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 4. 
First water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 1. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26; Hose No. 3; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1,8; Chemical En- 
gine No. 1. 
Asst. Engineer Abboit in command. 



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October. 
Monday. 

5th. 

4.20 a.m. 

Still alarm. 



No. 20 Gouch St. Four-story brick hotel, 25 X 50. 
Owned by Albert Brown. 
Occupied by Peter Pickart. 
Fire originated in a closet. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 
Alarm given by police. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 4, and Chemical Engine No. 1. 
Asst. Engineer Abbott, in command. 



Monday. No. 92 Broadway - , South Boston. -Three-story wooden building, 

5th. 25 X 30. 

1.05 p.m. Owned by Thomas O'Hearn. 

Still alarm. Occupied by M. Lintinna, fruit store. 

Eire originated on the first floor. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 9, with buckets of water. 
Asst. Engineer Brown in command. 



Tuesday. Basto Place, Roslindale. Two and one-half-story wooden dwelling, 

6th. 30 X 25. 

6.45 p.m. Owned by Mr. Cunningham. 

Still alarm. Occupied by Mr. Cunningham. 

Loss $30. No Insurance. 
Eire originated in a closet on the second floor. 
Caused by the bursting of a kerosene lamp. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Wm. Lewis, of Chemical Engine Co. No. 4, and 
citizens, with pails of water. 



Tuesday. No. 30 Dorchester Ave., South Boston 
6th. wooden building, 20 X 40. 

11 p.m. Owned by South Boston Iron Co. 

Still alarm. Occupied by J. J. Caldwell, hay store-house 

Fire originated on first floor. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 15. 
Engineman Fitzgerald in command. 



Two and one-half story 



Wednesday. Nos. 163 to 167 Washington St. Three-story brick building. 
7th. Owned by H. Greenough. 

6.51 p.m. , Loss $200. Insurance $4,000. 

Box 41. Occupied by George E. Clayton, tailor. 



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Occupied by J. W. Black, photographer. 

" " Howe Bros., & Co., fancy goods. 
" " Geo. W. Dearing & Co., jewellers. 

Loss $845. Insurance $32,200. 
Fire originated on second floor. 

Caused by an overheated stove-pipe resting on the stairs. 
First compant at fire, Hook and Ladder No. 8. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 26. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26 ; Hose Nos. 
2 and 3 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 ; 
Chemical Engine Nos. 1 and 2. 
Asst. Engineer Abbott, in command. 



Thursday. No. 238 Dorchester St., South Boston. Three-story wooden 

8th. building, 25 X 40. 

11.20 a.m. Owned by Andrew Spence. 

Still alarm. Occupied by Mr. Lydstone, bread-store. 

Eire originated on first floor. 
Caused by children playing with matches. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 10, with buckets of water. 
Driver Geo. W. Stone in command. 



Friday. Weeks' Whakf, Sumner St., East Boston. Two-story wooden 

9th. building, 100 X 40. 

1.23 a.m. Owned by the Weeks heirs and D. B. Whitney. 

Box 182. Loss $2,994. Insurance $4,100. 

1.35 a.m. Occupied by Noah Mayo, storage of fish. 

Second alarm. " " A. G. & S. H. Widden, painters. 

1.38 a.m. " " S. F. Ellis, shipwright. 

Third alarm. " "P. Flynn, caulker. 

Loss $5,400. Insurance $5,900. 
Fire originated in second story, and extended to other buildings. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 9. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 9. 
Alarms given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 25; Hose Nos # 
3 and 6; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1,2,8; 
Fire Boat. 
Asst. Engineer Dunbar in command. 



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127 



October. 
Friday. 

9th. 

7.30 p.m. 

Still alarm. 



Rear 7 Third St.. South Boston. Four-story brick building, 
20 X 25. 
Owned by Cain & McKenna. 



Loss 



Insurance $2,500. 



Occupied by several families. Tenement house. 
Fire originated on fourth floor. 
Caused by explosion of kerosene lamp. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 9, with buckets of water. 

Driver T. W. Gowen in command. 



Friday. No. 112 D St., So. Boston. Two and one-half-story wooden build- 

9th. ing, 20 X 20. 

8.34 p.m. Owned by John Haley. 

Box 127. Occupied by John Haley, dwelling. 

Fire originated on first floor. 
Caused by upsetting a kerosene lamp. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 1, 2 and 15 ; Hose Nos. 9, 10 and 
12 ; Hook and Ladder No. 5. 
Asst. Engineer Brown in command. 



Saturday. No. 78 Phillips St. Two-story wooden building, 8 X 20. 

10th. Owned by Hiram Weldon. 

4.37 a.m. Loss $ 100. No Insurance. 

Box 26. Occupied by Travis Washington, wood and coal-shed. 

Loss $100. Insurance $1,300. 
Fire originated on first floor, and extended to second. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Hose No. 3. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 3. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 8, 10 and 25 ; Hose No. 3 ; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 ; Chemical 
Engine No. 1. 
Asst. Engineer Abbott in command. 



Sunday. Lincoln's "Wharf, Commercial St. Two-story wooden building. 

11th. Owned by the Lincoln Wharf Co. 

2.32 a.m. Occupied by Charles Smith, storage. 

Box 9. Loss $20. No Insurance. 

Fire originated on first floor. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 



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Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 8 and 25; Hook and Ladder 

NAs. 1 and 8; Chemical Engine No. 1; Eire 

Boat. 
Asst. Engineer Cunningham in command. 



Sunday. No. 5 State St. Eive-story freestone building, 20 X 28. 

11th. Owned by J. W. Freeman. 

4.28 p.m. Loss $150. Insurance $10,000. 

Box 36. Occupied by Leopold Morse, and others. 

Eire originated in cellar, and extended to second story. 
Cause, defective furnace. 
Eirst company at fire, Engine No. 4. 
• First water on fire, Engine No. 4. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25 and 26 ; Hose Nos. 
2 and 3 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 ; 
Chemical Engine No. 1. 
Asst. Engineer Cunningham in command. 



Monday. Otis Wharf, 404 Atlantic Avenue. Two-story wooden building, 

12th. 100 X 200. 

5.09 a.m. Owned by Wingate & Adams, and David Snow & Co. 

Box 48. Loss $6;649. Insurance $8,500. 

Occupied by "Wingate & Adams, coal, lime and plaster. 
Occupied by David Snow & Co., fish. 

Loss $7,700. Insurance $13,200. 
Eire originated in second story of Wingate & Adams' and extended 

to Snow's. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 25. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 25. 
Alarm given bY police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26 ; Hose Nos. 
2, 3, 5 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 3, 8 ; Chem- 
ical Engine No. 1 ; Fire Boat. 
Asst. Engineer Cunningham in command. 



Tuesday. No. 53 Pleasant St. Three-story wooden building, 24 X 60. 

13th. Owned by the Eldridge heirs. 

6.57 p.m. Loss $10. Insurance $3,600. 

Box 61. Occupied by Mrs. Hall, dwelling. 

Loss $20. No Insurance 



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October. 

Fire originated on second floor. 
Caused by the upsetting of a kerosene lamp. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 7, 10, 22, 25, 26; Hose Nos. 
2, 5 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 8 ; Chemical 
Engine Nos. 1, 2. 
Asst. Engineer Regan in command. 



Tuesday. No. 52 Wall St. Four-story brick dwelling, 20 X 40. 

13th. Owned by Kate Cunningham. 

8.52 p.m. Occupied by Daniel Lynch. 

Still alarm. Loss $15. No Insurance. 

Fire originated from some unknown cause, on fourth floor. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 6, with pails of water. 
Asst. Foreman Whitehead in command. 



Tuesday. No. 121 Dudley St., Highlands. One-story wooden building; 

13th. 20 X 40. 

9.24 p.m. Owned by A. B. Evans. 

Box 235. Loss $25. Insurance $1,225. 

Occupied by A. B. Evans, dry goods store. 

Loss $100. Insurance $2,575. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 12. 
, First water on fire, Engine No. 12. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 12, 13, 14, 23, 24 ; Hose No. 7 ; 
Hook and Ladder No. 4. 
Asst. Engineer Munroe in command. 



Tuesday. Rear 418 Main St. One-story wood-shed, 10 X 12. 

13th. Owned by Mrs. Chase. 

10.15 p.m. , Loss $20. No Insurance. 

Box 8. Occupied by Mr. Macomber. 

Charlestown. Fire originated in one corner, and extended to roof. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Hose No. 2. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 2. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine No. 27 ; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 ; Hook and 
Ladder No. 9. 
Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 



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October. 
Wednesday. 
14th. 

8.18 A.M. 

Box 127. 



No. 203 Ninth St., So. Boston. Two and one-half story wooden 
dwelling. 
Owned by James Allen. 
Occupied by James Allen. 
Fire originated on the roof. 
Caused by sparks from chimney. 
Alarm given by citizens. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 1, 2 and 15; Hose Nos. 9,_ 10 and 
12 ; Hook and Ladder No. 5. 
Asst. Engineer Brown in command. 



Wednesday. No. 59 Wareham St. Five-story brick building, 40 X 70. 
14th. Owned by Creesy & Noyes. 

1.30 p.m. Occupied by Creesy & Noyes, carpenter's shop. 

Still alarm. Fire originated in shaving-room. 
Caused by sparks from fire-box. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine No. 3 ; Hook and Ladder No. 3. 
Asst. Engineer Fernald in command. 



Wednesday. Polk St. Two-story wooden stable, 30 X 40. 
14th. Owned by Mr. Streeter. 

9.20 p.m. Loss $500. No Insurance. 

Box 25. Occupied by Mr. Boardman and others. 

Charlestown. Fire originated on the lower floor. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 
Alarm given by citizens. 

Companies called, Engine No. 27; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4; Hook 
and Ladder No. 9. 
Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 



Thursday. No. 126 Tremont St. Five-story stone building, 35 X 96. 
15th. Owned by Phillips heirs. 

2.45 a.m. Loss $1,252. Insurance $40,000. 

Box 42. Occupied by G. D. Russell and others, music store. 

Loss $2,800. Insurance $56,000. 
Fire originated in the cellar. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 26. 
First water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 1. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 22, 25 and 26 ; 
Hose Nos. 2, 3 and 5 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 
1, 3 and 8 ; Chemical Engine Nos. 1 and 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



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October. 
Thursday. 

15th. 

3.Q0£ a.m. 

Box 52. 



No. 48 Lincoln St. Wooden building, 10 X 15. 
Owned by Whiting heirs. 

Loss $40. Insurance $2,500. 
Occupied by John Gorman, junk store. 

Loss $20. No Insurance. 
Fire originated on first floor. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Hose No. 2. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 2. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10 and 26; Hose Nos. 
2, 3 and 5 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 3 ; 
Chemical Engine No. 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Thursday. Nos. 762 and 764 East Seventh St., South Boston. One-story 
15th. wooden building, 80 X 60. 

7.18 a.m. Owned by S. S. Gray. 

Box 146. Loss $2,000. No Insurance. 

7.26 a.m. Occupied by Thomas H. Dunham, oakum factory. 

Second alarm. " " Cummings & Stone, machine shop. 

Loss $7,000. Insurance $1,500. 
Fire originated in oakum factory and extended to machine shop. 
Caught from the picking machine. 
First company at fire, Hose No. 12. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 12. 
Alarms given by citizens. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 1, 2, 3, 7, 15, 21; Hose Nos. 2, 5, 
9, 10, 12 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3 and 5 ; 
Chemical Engine No. 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Thursday. No. 48 Yeoman St., Highlands. One and one-half story wooden 

15th. dwelling, 20 X 30. ^ 

12.30 p.m. Owned by Mrs. John White. 

Still alarm. Loss $50. No Insurance. 

Occupied by Thomas Fillburn and others. 
Fire originated in closet. 
Caused by children playing with matches. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 7. 
Foreman Green in command. 



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October. 

Thursday. 

15th. 

7.40 p.m. 

Still alarm. 



First St., near B, South Boston. Wooden building 

Owned by Joseph Story & Bros. 

Occupied by Joseph Story & Bros., roofing tar. 
Alarm given by citizen. 
Company called, Hose No. 9. 

Foreman Byrnes in command. 



Friday. Bear of Walker St. One-story wooden building, 10 X 15. 

16th. Owned by Mrs. Walker. 

7.40 p.m. Occupied by Mr. Mitchell, store-house. 

Box 7, Fire originated among some rags. 
Charlestown. ■ Cause, supposed incendiary. 

First company at fire, Hose No. 1. 

Extinguished with buckets of water. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine No. 27; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4; Hook and 
Ladder No. 9. 
Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 

Friday. No. 13 North Market St. Four-story granite and brick building, 

16th. 25 X 65. 

8.19 p.m. Owned by Lawrence estate. 

Box 16. Loss $50. Insurance $5,000. 

Occupied by H. Andrews, produce store. 

Loss $25. Insurance $500. 
Fire originated in the cellar. 
Caused by gas-burner setting fire to partition. 
First company at fire, Hook and Ladder No. 1. 
First water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 1. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25 and 26 ; Hose Nos- 
2 and 3 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 ; 
Chemical Engine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Friday. Paris St., near Porter, East Boston. One-story wooden building, 

16th. 12 X 15. 

9.45 p.m. Owned by Timothy Dailey. 

Box 158. Loss $350. Insurance $400. 

Occupied by Timothy Dailey, stable. 
Fire originated in the stable, and extended to house. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 9. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 9. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 5, 9 and 11 ; Hose No. 6; Hook and 
Ladder No. 2. 
Asst. Engineer Dunbar in command. 



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October. 

Saturday. 

17th. 
2.35 p.m. 
Box 353. 



Blue Hill Ave., Milton. 

This alarm was given in response to a call for help, by the em- 
ployees of Messrs. Tileston & Hollingsworth, who discovered 
fire on the outside of the stock-room. The services of the 
department were not required. 

Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 1G, 18, 19; Hook and Ladder No. 6. 
Asst. Engineer Munroe in command. 



Saturday. Bear of 230 Main St. f 

17th. Fire originated in a pile of wood. 

7.45 p.m. Owned by Mr. Flanagan. 

Box 12. Cause unknown. 
Charlestown. First company at fire, Hook and Ladder No. 9. 
Extinguished with buckets of water. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine No. 27; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4; Hook 
and Ladder No. 9. 
Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 



Saturday. Rear 52 Richmond St. One-story wooden building, 20 X 20. 

17th. Owned by "St. Mary Church." 

10.20 p.m. Loss $100. No Insurance. 

Box 17. Occupied by " St. Mary Church," carriage-house. 

Charlestown. Fire originated in one corner. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 
First company at fire, Hose No. 3. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 3. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine No. 27; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4; Hook 
and Ladder No. 9. 
Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 



Saturday. Adams St., "Ward 16. Two and one-half story wooden building, 

17th. 30 X 50. 

10.27 p.m. Owned by Oliver Hall, Jr. 

Box 316. Occupied by Oliver Hall, Jr., furniture factory. 

Fire originated in the- fireplace. 
Caused by shavings taking fire. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 17, 18, 21 ; Hook and Ladder No. 7. 
Asst. Engineer Munroe in command. 



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October. 
Sunday. 
18th. 

2.17 A.M. 

Box 17. 



Nos. 115 and 117 Hanover St. Three-story brick building, 30 X 30. 
Owned by James H. Beal. 

Loss $50. Insurance $5,000. 
Occupied by S. M. Spencer, stencil maker. 
Occupied by W. & L. Anderson, brokers. 
Occupied by Geo. B. Hamlin, printer. 
Occupied by John Holman & Co., furniture and bedding. 

Loss $200. Insurance $10,000. 
Fire originated in third story. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Hook and Ladder No. 1. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 8. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26; Hose No. 3; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 ; Chemical 
Engine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Monday. No. 108 Merrimac St. Five-story brick building, 20 X 35. 

19th. Owned by J. C. Tucker heirs. 

10.17 p.m. Loss $50. Insurance $5,000. 

Box 8. Occupied by J. Shamburg, boarding-house. 

Loss $25. Insurance $1,000. 
Fire originated on third floor. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 6. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 6. " 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26 ; Hose No. 3 ; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8; Chemical 
Engine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Tuesday. No. 34 Saratoga St., East Boston. Two and one-half story brick 

20th. building, 20 X 30. 

6.54 p.m. Owned by Thomas F. Doherty. 

Box 184. Occupied by Thomas F. Doherty, dwelling. 

Fire originated in a closet. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 5. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 5. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 5, 9, 11; Hose No. 6; Hook and 
Ladder No. 2 ; Fire Boat. 
Asst. Engineer Dunbar in command. 



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October. 
Wednesday. 
21st. 

1.00 A.M. 

Box 316. 



Bellevue St., Ward 16. Two-story wooden building, 25 X 30. 
Owned by J. W. Draper. 

Loss $700. Insurance 
Occupied by J. W. Draper, barn and carriage-house. 

Loss $350. No Insurance. 
Pike originated on the ground floor and extended to roof. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 17. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 17. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 17, 18, 21; Hook and Ladder Nos. 
6 and 7. 
Asst. Engineer Munroe in command. 



Wednesday. Carleton's Wharf, East Boston. Two-story wooden building 
21st. 25 X 40. 

2.44 a.m. Owned by Harvey Crocker. 

Box 182. Unoccupied. 

Eire originated in the second story. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 9. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 9. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 5, 9, 11 ; Hose No. 6 ; Hook and 
Ladder No. 2 ; Fire Boat. 
Asst. Engineer Dunbar in command. 



Wednesday. Piper's Wharf, Federal St. Two-story wooden building, 24 X 34. 
21st. Owned by Solomon Piper heirs. 

7.00 p.m. Loss $200. No Insurance. 

Box 48. Occupied by J. H. Litchfield, stable. 

Loss $300. No Insurance. 
Fire originated in hay-loft and extended to roof. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 7. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 7. 
Alarm given by private watchman, B. W. W. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26 ; Hose No. 2, 
3 and 5 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 3 and 
8 ; Chemical Engine No. 1 ; Fire Boat. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



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October. 
Wednesday. 

21st. 

7.43 p.m. 

Box 8. 



No. 96 Friend St. Five-story brick building, 60 X 65. 
Owned by By am, Carleton & Co. 
Occupied by Byarn, Carleton & Co., match factory. 
Fire originated on fourth floor. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 6. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 6. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 8, 10 and 25 ; Hose No. 3 ; 
Hook and Ladder No. 1 ; Chemical Engine 
No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Thursday. Bear 64 Bartlett St., Charlestown. Two and one-half story 
22d. wooden dwelling, 30 X 40. 

7.45 p.m. Owned by Mr. Baker. 

Still alarm. Occupied by Mr. Baker, and others. \ 

Fire originated under the edge of building. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 
Alarm given by citizens. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 27, with pails of water. 



Thursday. Furbush Court. One-story wooden stable, 15 X 20. 
22d. Owned by Mr. Furbush. 

9.10 p.m. Occupied by Mr. Furbush. 

Box 5. Fire originated in one corner. 
Charlestown. Cause, supposed incendiary. 

Alarm given by an individual member. 

Companies called, Engine No. 27; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4; Hook 
and Ladder No. 9 ; Fire Boat. 
Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 



Friday. No. 29 Washington St. Four-story brick building, 25 X 25. 

23d. Owned by Sohier & Welch. 

7.01 a.m. Occupied by Smith & Co., jewelry store. 

Box 18. Occupied by Mrs. Fitzgerald, dress-maker. 

Fire originated on third floor. 
Caused by an overheated stove. 

Extinguished before the arrival of the department. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25 and 26; Hose No. 
3 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 ; Chemical 
Engine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



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October. 
Friday. 

22d. 
9.03 a.m. 
Box 215. 



No. 1000 Tremokt St., Highlands. One and one-half story wooden 
building, 25 X 30. 
Owned by Mrs. Brady heirs. 
Occupied by Michael Hayes, shoemaker's shop. 
Fire originated between ceiling and roof. 
Caused by defective flue.i 
First company' at fire, Hose No. 7. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 7. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 12, 13, 14, 23, 24; Hose-No. 7; Hook 
and Ladder No. 4 ; Chemical Engine No. 3. 
Asst. Engineer Colligan in command. 



Friday. Nos. 8 and 10 Wall St. Three and one-half story brick dwelling, 

23d. 18 X 30. 

11.45 p.m. Owned by A. Brown and S. Eice. 

Still alarm. Loss $50. No Insurance. 

Occupied by Mrs. Place and Mrs. Droudy. 
Fire originated on first floor. 
Cause unknown. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 6, with buckets of water. 
Foreman Kimball in command. 

Saturday. Nos. 27 and 29 West St. Four-story brick building, 65 X 75. 
24th. Owned by Thomas B. Williams. 

2.25 p.m. Loss $304. Insurance $20,000. 

Box 39. Occupied by W. H. Halliday & Co., booksellers. 

" " Bliss & Perkins, gas fixtures. 

" " Henry A. Turner & Co., furniture. 

Loss $2,008. Insurance $64,000. 
Fire originated in basement, and extended to first floor. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 26. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 26. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25 and 26 ; Hose 
Nos. 2, 3 and 5; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 
3 and 8 ; Chemical Engine Nos. 1 and 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Monday. Cor. Tremont and Boylston Sts. Five-story freestone building, 

26th. 80 X 95. 

10.49 a.m. Owned by Charles F. Adams. 

Box 53. Lass $7,173. Insurance $80,000. 

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October. 

Occupied by several parties. Hotel Boylston. 

Loss $4,939. Insurance $72,400. 
Fire originated in cellar, and extended to roof. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 26. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 26. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25 and 26 ; Hose 
Nos. 2, 3 and 5 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 
3 and 8 ; Chemical Engine Nos. 1 and 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Monday. No. 5 Acton St. Two and one-half story brick building, 18 X 30. 

26th. Owned by Mr. Adams. 

1.45 p.m. Occupied by Mrs. Langiven, boarding-house. 

Still alarm. Fire originated in the kitchen. 
Caused by defective flue. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Companies called, Engine No. 3 ; Hook and Ladder No. 3. 
Asst. Engineer Fernald in command. 

Monday. First St., foot of E St., South Boston. One-story wooden bufld- 

26th. ing, 20 X 40. 

6.25 p.m. Owned by Stetson & Pope. 

Box 142. Occupied by Stetson & Pope, saw-mill. 

Fire originated in boiler-room. 
Cause, accidental. 
■ Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 1, 2, 3, 7, 15; Hose Nos. 9, 10, 12; 
Hook and Ladder, Nos. -3, 5. 
Asst. Engineer Brown in command. 



Monday. Needless alarm. 

26th. Alarm given by patrolman George H. Knox, of Engine Co. No. 4, who 

11.35 p.m. saw smoke beating down in Myrtle St., and thought the roofs 

Box 34. of the buildings were on fire. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 8, 10, 25 ; Hose No. 3 ; Hook and 
Ladder Nos. 1, 8 ; Chemical Engine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Tuesday. No. 8 Camden Place. Three-story wooden building, 20 X 35. 

27th. Owned by Henry Cluss. 

10.15 a.m. Occupied by several families. Tenement-house. 

Still alarm. Fire originated on the third floor. 



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October. 

Caused by the boiling over of a pan of lard. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 23. 

Foreman Le Cain in command. 

Wednesday. Eastern R.R. Station, East Boston. Freight car. 
28th. Owned by the E. R. R. Co. 

3.00 a.m. Occupied by J. H. Moulton, Salem express. 

Still alarm. Fire originated in the car. 

Cause, spontaneous combustion. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 11. 
Engineman Sturtevant in command. 

Wednesday. East Newton St. Six-story brick building, 200 — 75. 
28th. Owned by M. M. Ballou. 

6.16 p.m. Occupied by Crocker & Buck, St. James Hotel. 

Box 74. Fire originated in the chimney. 
Caused by the ignition of soot. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 12, 13, 23, 26 ; Hose No. 5 ; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 4 ; Chemical En- 
gine No. 2. 
Asst. Engineer Fernald in command. 

Thursday. Pearl St. Wharf, Atlantic Avenue. Two-story wooden building, 
29th. 45 — 50. 

8.16 p.m. Owned by A. Seamens & Co. 

Box 51. ,- Occupied by A. Seamens & Co., storage house. 

Fire originated on first floor. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 25. 
First water on fire^ Engine No. 25. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26; Hose Nos. 
2,3; Hook and Ladder, Nos. 1, 8; Chemical 
Engine Nos. 1, 2; Fire Boat. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Friday. Ericcson St., Ward 16. Two-story brick and stone building, 

30th. 260 X 50. 

8.39 p.m. Owned by S. S. Putnam & Co. 

Box 343. • Loss .$300. Insurance $5,000. 

Occupied by S. S. Putnam & Co., nail factory. 

Loss $300. Insurance $7,500. 



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October. 

Fire originated on first floor and extended to the second. 
Cause, spontaneous combustion among some oily sawdust. 

Extinguished with Hand Hose and Extinguishers. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 16, 17, 20 ; Hook and Ladder Nos- 
6 and 7. 
• Asst. Engineer Hewins in command. 



Saturday. No. 29 West St. Four-story brick building, 65 X 75. 

31st. Owned by Thomas B. Williams. 

11.43 a.m. Occupied by W. H. Halliday & Co., circulating library. 

Still alarm. Fire originated in a box of old papers in the basement. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 26. 
Asst. Engineer Regan in command. 



RECAPITULATION. 

Total number of fires 63 

Confined to one building .......... 59 

Extended to other buildings 4 

Estimated loss on buildings $24,087 00 

" " stock 33,997 00 

Full insurance on buildings 209,425 00 

" " " stock . . 271,375 00 

Alarms given by patrol ........... 8 

" " " individual members ........ 1 

" " " police 27 

" " " citizens 33 

M " " District Telegraph Co 

Alarms. Telegraph, fires 48 

« i( false 

" " needless ......... 2 

« still 19 

Total ....'„ 69 

Buildings slightly damaged 54 

" considerably damaged 7 

" totally destroyed 2 



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NO VE3IBEM. 



Sunday. North Quincy. Two-story wooden stable, 40 X 50. 

1st. Owned by H. Jenkins. 

2.30 a.m. Occupied by H. Jenkins. 

Box 342. Alarm given by police in response to a call of help from Mr. Jenkins. 
First company at nre,Engine No. 20. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 20. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 16, 17, 20; Hook and Ladder Nos. 
6,7. 
Asst. Engineer Hewins in command. 



Sunday. T Wharf. Steamer " Nellie E. Rawson." 

1st. Owned by Judson Tarr & Co. 

4.10 a.m. Eire originated under furnace, and extended to engine-room. 
Box 38. Cause defective furnace. 

Eirst company at fire, Eire Boat. 
First water on fire, Eire Boat. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26; Hose Nos. 2, 
3 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8 ; Chemical 
Engine No. 1 ; Fire Boat. 
Asst. Engineer Cunningham in command. 



Sunday. No. 144 Beach St. Three-story wooden building, 30 X 40. 

1st. Owned by D. S. Simpson. 

7.55 p.m. Occupied by D. S. Simpson, blacksmith shop. 

Still alarm. Fire originated in the yard. 
Caused supposed incendiary. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 7, with buckets of water. 
Foreman Marden in command. 



Monday. No. 533 Main St., Charlestown. Two-story wooden building, 20X30. 

2d. Owned by Mr. Phillips. , 

4.15 p.m. Occupied by James Martin, barber shop. 

Still alarm. Loss $25. No Insurance, 

Caused by the explosion of a kerosene lamp. 
Alarm given by a citizen. 

Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 2, with buckets of water. 



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November. 

Tuesday. 
3d. 

2.30 a.m. 

Box 17. 
Charlestown. 



Eastern R. K. Bridge. Wooden fence 250 feet long. 
Owned by the Eastern R. R. Co. 

Loss $75. No Insurance. 
First company at fire, Hose No. 1. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 1. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine No. 27; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4; Hook and 
Ladder No. 9. 
Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 



Tuesday. Cor. Heath and Bickford Sts., Highlands. Three-story wooden 

3d. dwelling, IS X 28. 

9.50 a.m. Owned by John B. Mulrey. 

Box 254. Loss $400. Insurance $1,000. 

Occupied by Patrick Dagney. 

Loss $50. No Insurance. 
Fire originated in the rear of second story, and extended to roof. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 14. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 14. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 12, 13, 14, 24 ; Hose No. 7 ; Hook 
and Ladder No. 4 ; Chemical Engine No. 3 ; 
Extinguisher No. 4. 
Asst. Engineer Munroe in command. 



Wednesday. No. 38 Culvert St., Highlands. Two-story wooden dwelling, 
4th. 20 X 40. 

2.30 p.m. • Owned by Wm. Clark. 

Still alarm. Occupied by several families. 

Fire originated in closet near chimney. 
Cause, defective chimney. 

Fire discovered and extinguished by E. J. Roe, of Engine No. 13. 
Company called, Engine No. 13. 



Wednesday. Warren St., Highlands. Two-story brick stable, 100 X120. 
4th. Owned by Metropolitan R. R. Co. 

6.50 p.m. Occupied by Metropolitan R. R. Co., stable and car-house, 

Still alarm. Fire originated on second floor. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 24, with buckets of water. 
Foreman Bolton in command. 



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Lamartine St. Two-story wooden stable, 30 X 20. 
Owned by Mr. Welch. 
Occupied by Mrs. Loran. 

Loss 



November. 
Wednesday 
4th. 
8.30 p.m. 
Box 14. 

W. Eoxbury. Fire originated in stable. 
Cause, supposed accidental. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 28. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 28. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine No. 28 ; Hook 
Chemical Engine No 
Asst. Engineer Hewins in command. 



No Insurance. 



and 
4. 



Ladder No. 10; 



Thursday. No. 82 Portland St. Three and one-half story brick building, 

5th. 20 X 22. 

10.20 p.m. Owned by Mr. Wilds. 

Box 21. Occupied by Chas. Walsh, boarding-house. 

Fire originated on third floor. 
Caused by breaking a lamp. 
First company at fire, Hook and Ladder No. 1. 

Extinguished by L.. A. Smith of Hook and Ladder No. 1, with 
buckets of water. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26 ; Hose No. 3 ; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 ; Chemical 
Engine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green' in command. 



Thursday. Biver St. Ward 16. Two-story wooden stable, 30 X 75. ] 
5th. Owned by Thos. Liversidge. 

10.57 p.m. Loss $3,500. No Insurance. 

Box 362. Occupied by Thos. Liversidge. 

Loss $ 2,500. No Insurance. 
Fire originated on second floor and extended all over building. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 19. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 19. 
Alarm given by individual member. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 16, 18, 19 and 20; Hook and Lad- 
der No. 6. 
Asst. Engineer Hewins in command. 



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November. 
Friday. 

6th. 
4.39 a.m. 
Box 243. 



No 8 Linwood Square, Highlands. Two and one-half story wooden 
dwelling, 25 X 50. 
Owned by Mary E. Palmer. 
Occupied by E. A. Cushman. 

Loss $500. Insurance $1,500. 
Fire originated on first floor over furnace, extended to roof. 
Caused by furnace. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 14. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 14. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 12, 13, 14, 24; Hose No. 7; Hook 
and Ladder No. 4 ; Extinguisher No. 4. 
Asst Engineer Colligan in command. 



Friday. Bear Walnut Avenue, Highlands. Woodland. 

6th. Fire originated among leaves and dry brush.' 

5.55 p.m. Cause unknown. 

Box 264. First company at fire, Engine No. 24. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 24. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 12, 13, 14 and 24; Hose No. 7; 
Hook and Ladder No. 4 ; Extinguisher No. 4. 
Asst. Engineer Munroe in command. 

Saturday. Cor. B. & Third Sts., South Boston. Four-story wooden tenement, 

7th. 25 X 40. 

2.31 p.m. Owned by Edward Hennessy. 

Box 124. Loss $450. Insurance $2,000. 

Occupied by several families. 
First company at fire, Hose No. 9. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 9. 
Fire originated in second story and extended to roof. 
Cause unknown. 
Alarm given by police. '■ : 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 1, 2, 3, 7 and 15 ; Hose Nos. 9, 10 
'and 12 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3 and 5. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Saturday. Rear 71 Pitts St. Dwelling-house. 
7th. Owned by John A. Ryan. 

6.15 p.m. Occupied by Mrs. Donovan. 

Still alarm. Fire originated in the yard. * 

Caused b} r children setting fire to a lounge. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Extinguished by Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1, with pails of water. 
Foreman Bickford in command. 



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November. 
Saturday. 

7th. 
9.35 p.m. 
Box 258. 



Eear "Washington St., Brookline. Two-story wooden dwelling, 
28 X 38. 
Owned by Michael O'Day. 
Occupied by Patrick Kirk. 
Fire originated in the attic. 
Cause, careless use of matches. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 13, 14 and 22 ; Hose No. 7 ; Hook 
and Ladder No. 4 ; Chemical Engine No. 3 ; 
Extinguisher No. 4. 
Asst. Engineer Colligan in command. 



Sunday. No. 8 Auburn St. Three-story wooden building, 20 X 25. 

8th. Owned by 0. W. Eiske. 

0.26 a.m. Occupied by D. Sands, boarding-house. 

Box 7. Eire originated in the attic. 

Caused by reading in bed, and upsetting the lamp. 
Eirst company at fire, Engine No. 6. 
Eirst water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 1. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 8, 10 and 25 ; Hose No. 3 ; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 ; Chemical 
Engine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Sunday. No. 5 Everett Place, East Boston. Two and one-half story wooden 

8th. dwelling, 20 X 30. 

8.01 a.m. Owned by John Eitzpatrick. 

Box 167. Loss $82. Insurance $1,800. 

Occupied by Thomas Brown. 
FiRe originated in house No. 5, and extended to No 7. 
Caused by putting rags in chimney flue. 
Eirst company at fire, Engine No. 11. 
Eirst water on fire, Engine No. 11. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 5, 9 and 11; Hose No. 6; Hook 
and Ladder No. 2. 
Asst. Engineer Dunbar in command. 



Sunday. Ellsworth St., Ward 16. Stack of hay; eight tons. 

8th. Owned by James Brady. 

6.42 p.m. Loss $200. No Insurance. 

Box 323. Eire originated in the hay. 



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November. 

Cause, supposed incendiary. 
First company at fire, Engine No 17. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 17. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 17, 18 and 21 ; Hook and Ladder 
Nos. 6 and 7. 
Asst. Engineer Hewins in command. 

Monday. No. 65 Essex St. Four-story brick building, 22 X 40. 

9th. Owned by A. Carleton. 

6.16 p.m. Loss $100. Insurance $8,000. 

Box 53. Occupied by Eager, Tower & Co., oil cloth. 

" " Vaughn & O'Brien, picture frames. 

Loss $200. Insurance $4,000. 
Fire originated on second floor. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 26. 
First water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 2. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26 ; Hose Nos. 
2, 3, 5; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 3, 8; 
Chemical Engine Nos. 1, 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Monday. Nos. 418 and 420 Federal St. Two-story wooden building, 48 X 

9th. 90. 

6.56 p.m. Owned by A. D. Calef. 

Box 56. Loss $775. Insurance $1,850. 

Occupied by A. D. Calef, stable and coal sheds. 

Loss $200. Insurance $4,000. 
Fire originated in hay-loft over stable and extended to roof. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 7. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 7, two streams. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3,4, 6, 7, 10, 15, 22, 23, 25, 26; 
Hose Nos. 2, 3, 5, 9 ; Hook and Ladder, 
Nos. 1, 3, 8; Chemical Engine Nos. 1, 2; 
and Fire Boat. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Monday. Chicatawbut St., Ward 16. Two-story wooden dwelling, '50 X 

9th. 25. 

10.01 p.m. Owned by the Minot heirs. 

Box 342. Boss $300. No Insurance. 

Unoccupied. 



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November. 

Fire originated on second floor, extended to shed. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 20. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 20. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 16, 17 and 20 ; Hook and Ladder 
Nos. 6, 7. 
Asst. Engineer Hewins in command. 

Tuesday. Williams St., Roslindale. Grass fire. 

10th. Cause of fire unknown. 

6.35 p.m. Alarm given by a citizen. 

Still alarm. Extinguished by Chemical Engine Co. No. 4. 

Fireward Weeks in command. 



Wednesday. Perkins St. Woodland fire. 
11th. Owned by Joseph Nickerson. 

2.53 p.m. Fire originated in the woods. 
Box 15. Cause unknown. 
W. Roxbury. First company at fire, Engine No. 28. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 28. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine No. 28 ; Hook 
Chemical Engine No. 
Fireward Belpord in command. 



and Ladder No. 
4. 



10; 



Wednesday. Walnut Avenue, Highlands. Woods on fire. 
11th. Owned by the City of Boston. 

5.25 p.m. Fire originated among the leaves and brush. 
Box 252. Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 24. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 24. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 12, 13, 14, 24; Hose No. 7; Hook 
and Ladder No. 4 ; Chemical Engine No. 4. 
Asst. Engineer Munroe in command. 



Wednesday. 266 to 274 Albany St., Craets' Wharf. ' Two-story wooden build- 
■ 11th. ing, 100 X 48. 

6.16 p.m. Owned by Henry Crafts & Son. 

Box 79. ' Loss $1,100. Insurance $4,200. 

Occupied by H. Crafts & Sons, hay, plaster and coal. 

Loss $1,200. Insurance $7,000. 
Fire originated on second floor. 
Cause unknown. 



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November. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 3. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 2. 
Alarm given by private watchman. 

Companies called, Engine Nos: 1, 3, 7, 10, 12, 13, 15, 23, 25, 26; 
Hose Nos. 2, 5,9; Hook and Ladder Nos. 
3, 5, 8 ; Chemical Engine No. 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Wednesday. No. 65 Essex St. Four-story brick building, 22 X 40. 
Hth. Owned by A. Carleton. 

7-09 p.m. Loss $735. Insurance $8,000. 

Box 53. Occupied by Eager, Tower & Co., oil cloth. 

" " Vaughn & O'Brien, picture frames. 

Loss $1,100. Insurance $4,000. 
Fire originated on second floor, and extended to No. 63. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 26. 
First water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 2. 
Alarm given by special police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25 and 26 ; Hose Nos. 
3, 5 ; Hook and Ladder Nos.l, 3, 8 ; Chemical 
Engine Nos. 1, 2; Fire Boat. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Wednesday. No, 37 Billerica St. Three-story brick tenement house, 20 X 40. 
11th. Owned by J. B. Wheelock. 

7.35 p.m. Occupied by several families. 

Still alarm. Fire originated on third floor. 

Caused by clothes igniting from a candle. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 6, with pails of water. 
Foreman Kimball in command. 



Wednesday. No. 15 Davenport St., Highlands. Two-story wooden dwelling, 
11th. 30X38. 

9.30 p.m. Owned by Benjamin Burlingame. 

Still alarm. Loss $500. Insurance $3,000. 

Occupied by Mrs. O'Brien. 

Loss $60. No Insurance. 
Fire originated in the attic. 
Caused by upsetting a kerosene lamp. 
Alarm given by a citizen. 

Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 7 and Extinguisher No. 4. 
Foreman Green in command. 



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November. 
Thursday. 

12th. 
12.30 p.m. 
Still alarm. 



Savin St., Highlands. Woodland. 

Fire originated among the leaves and brush. 

Caused by boys setting it on fire. 

Alarm given by a citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 24, with a hydrant stream. 



Thursday. Cor. Culvert and Hampshire Sts., Highlands. Two-story wooden 
12th. building, 20 X 60. 

6.27 p.m. Owned by Tremont Iron Foundry Co. 

Box 217. Loss $250. Insurance $1,500. 

Occupied by Tremont Iron Foundry Co. 

Loss $100. Insurance $3,000. 
Fire originated in pickle-room, and extended to pattern-room. 
Cause, overheated stove. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 13. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 13. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 12, 13, 14, 22, 23 and 24 ; Hose No. 7 ; 
Hook and Ladder No. 4 ; Chemical Engine 
No. 3 ; Extinguisher No. 4. 
Asst. Engineer Colligan in command. 



Friday. Junction Third and Emerson Sts., South Boston. 

13th. wooden building, 15 X 30. 

1.15 p.m. Owned by John Biitland. 

Still alarm. Occupied by John Butland, carpenter's shop. 

Fire originated in first and second stories. 
Cause, supposed to have been set by boys. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 1. 
Asst. Engineman Shaw in command. 



Two-story 



Friday. 

13th. 

8.50 a.m. 

Still alarm. 



No. 30 Prince St. Four-story brick building, 18 X 30. 
Owned by H. Houghton. 



Occupied by Mrs. McManus. 



Loss 



Loss 



No Insurance. 



No Insurance. 



Fire originated on second floor. 
Cause, children playing with matches. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 8 with pails of water. 

Foreman Childs in command. 



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November. 
Saturday. 

14th. 

8.30 a.m. 

Still alarm. 



No. 238 Cabot St., Highlands. Four-story wooden tenement, 
100 X 30. 
Owned by Bishop & Reilly. 



Loss 

Occupied by thirty families. 
Fire originated on the roof. 
Caused by sparks from chimney. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 13. 

Asst. Engineer Colligan in command. 



Insurance 



Saturday. Cor. Fourth and N Sts., South Boston. Three-story brick building, 

14th. GO X 70. 

8.40 a.m. Owned by Episcopal society. 

Still alarm. Occupied by Episcopal society Orphan Asylum. 

Needless alarm, given by citizen. 
No eire ; flue of chimney stopped, thereby filling the house with 

smoke. 
Company called, Hose No. 12. 
Driver Tvviss in command. 



Saturday. No. 7 P St., South Boston. One and one-half story wooden dwelling, 

14th. 18 X 25. 

9.30 a.m. Owned by Thos. Donnelly. 

Still alarm. Occupied by Thos. Donnelly. 

Alarm given by citizen. 
Caused by the burning out of a foul chimney. 
Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 12. 
Driver Twiss in command. 



Saturday. Washington St., West Roxbury. Woodland. 

14th. Owned by Harvard College. 

12.45 p.m. Alarm given by citizen. 

Still Jtla#»v Extinguished by Chemical Engine No. 4 with switches 

Fireward Weeks in command. 



Saturday. No. 1 Oneida St. Four-story brick dwelling, 20 X 35. 
14th. Owned by Dennis A. Flynn. 

1.31 p.m. Occupied by Dennis A. Flynn. 

Box 65. Fire originated in the fourth story. ' 
Cause unknown. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 3. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 3, with buckets of water. 



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November. 



Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 7, 10, 15, 25, 26 ; Hose Nos. 
2, 5 and 9 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3 and 8 ; 
■ Chemical Engine Nos. 1 and 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Saturday. Rear 36 Qdtncy St. Three-story wooden dwelling, 40 X 90. 

14th. Owned by Kelly, Collins & Hall. 

4.40 p.m. Loss $700. Insurance $3,000. 

Boxes 5 and 35. Occupied by Alcom, Collins, Murray and Donovan. 
Charlestown. Loss $350. No Insurance. 

Fire originated in Collins' house, and extended to roof. 
Cause, defective flue. 
Eirst company at fire, Hose No. 1. 
First water on fire, Hose No 1. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine No. 27; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4; Hook and 
Ladder No. 9 ; Fire Boat. 
Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 



Saturday. Foster Place. Three-story wooden dwelling, 25 X 30. 

14th. Owned by Frank McNeil. 

6.10 p.m. Occupied by Mrs. McCarthy. 

Still alarm. Fire originated on first floor. 

Caused by the upsetting of a lamp. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 8, with pails of water. 
Asst. Engineer Cunningham in command. 

Saturday. Jamaica St. Two-story wooden dwelling, 16 X 24. 
14th. Owned by Edward Kelly. 

6.30 p.m. Occupied by Edward Kelly. 

Box 23. Needless alarm. 
W. Roxbury. No fire, except the burning out of a foul chimney. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine No. 28; Hook and Ladder No. 10: 
Chemical Engine No. 4. 
Fireward Belford in command. 



Saturday. No. 18 Hanover St. Four-story brick building, 20 X 70. 

14th. Owned by C. A. Whitney. 

11.57 p.m. Loss $200. Insurance $5,000. 

Box 21. Occupied by Nelson Brooks, dry goods. 

Loss $1,500. Insurance $6,000. 



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November. 

Tire originated on first floor. 

Cause, overheated stove. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 4. 

First water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 1. 

Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26; Hose No. 2; 
Hock and Ladder Nos. 1, 8 ; Chemical En- 
gine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Sunday. Rear 16 Russell St. Wood-pile. 

15th. Owned by J. Sadler. 

2.30 a.m. Cause, supposed incendiary. 
Box 32. First company at fire, Engine No. 27. 
Charlestown. Extinguished with buckets of water. 

Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine No. 27; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 ; Hook and 
Ladder No. 9. 
Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 



Sunday. Cook & Rymes' Yard. Two-story wooden building, 90 X 30. 

15th. Owned by Mr. Hunnewell. 

6.20 a.m. Loss $400. Insurance 

■ Box 21. Occupied by Mr. Hunnewell, wheelwright shop. 

Charlestown. Loss $600. Insurance 

Fire originated on second floor, extended to roof. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Hose No. 3. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 3. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine No. 27; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4; Hook and 
Ladder No. 9. 
Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 



Sunday. False alarm. 

15th. Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26 ; Hose No. 3 ; 

7.41 p.m. Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 ; Chemical 

Box 8. Engine No. 1. 

Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Sunday. Clapp St., Ward 16. Two-story wooden stable, 30 X 40. 

15th. Owned by George W. Tuxbury. 

8.00 p.m. Loss $S00. No Insurance. 

Box 319. Unoccupied. 



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November. 



Fire originated on first floor. Building totally destroyed. 

Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 21. 

First water on fire, Engine No. 17. 

Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 21, 23, 24; 

Nos. 7 and 10 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 

7; Extinguisher No. 4. 
Asst. Engineer Munroe in command. 



Hose 
4 and 



Monday. No. 18 Charles River Ave., Charlestown. Three-story brick build- 

16th. ing, 40 X 60. 

8.05 a.m. Owned by Mr. Vanbories. 

Box 21. Occupied by John Carey, saloon. 

Occupied by Mr. Burns, junk store.' 
Needless alarm. 
No fire. 

Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine No. 27; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4; Hook and 
Ladder No. 9 ; Fire Boat. 
Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 



Monday. No. 284 Dorchester St., So. Boston. One-story wooden building, 



16th. 
10.10 a.m. 
Still alarm. 



12 X 8. 
Owned by J. Glennon. 

Occupied by J. Glennon, stable. 

Fire originated on the floor. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 10. 

Driver Stone in command. 



Loss $ 
Loss $ 



No Insurance. 
No Insurance,. 



Monday. Rear Neals' Court. Two-story wooden building, 20 X 6(X. 

16th. Owned by Allen D. Hall. 

9.05 p.m. Occupied by Mr. Andrews, stable. 

Box 5. Fire originated on first floor. 
Charlestown. Cause, supposed incendiary. 

First company at fire, Hose No. 2. 

Extinguished with buckets of water. 
Alarm given by citizen. 
■ Companies called, Engine Nos. 6. and" 27; Hose Nos. 1, 2% 3^4; 
Hook and; Ladder No. 9; Fire Boat, 
As st. Engineer Bartlett in command. 
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November. 
Monday. 

16th. 
10.15 p.m. 
Still alarm. 



No. 16 Middlesex St., Charlestown. Two-story wooden building, 
60 X 20. 

Owned by John Reardon. 

Occupied by John Reardon. 
Fire originated under the floor. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 
Alarm given by citizens. 

Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 1, and Hook and Ladder No. 9, 
with buckets of water. 

Foreman Pope in command. 



Tuesday. Oakland St. , Brighton. One-story stone ice-house, 15 X 20. 

17th. Owned by J. A. Duncklee. 

9.25 a.m. Loss $25. No Insurance. 

Still alarm. Unoccupied. 

Loss $25. No Insurance. 

Fire originated by the outside door. 

Cause, supposed incendiary. 

Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine No. 29 ; Hook and Ladder No. 11. 

Call Engineer- Holbrook in command. 



Tuesday. "Needless alarm. 

17th. Alarm given by workmen repairing the wires. 

1.00 p.m. Companies called, Engine No. 27; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4; Hook and 
Box 4. Ladder No. 9. 

Charlestown. Ajsst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 



Tuesday. Rear of 56 Tufts St., Charlestown. Pile of logs. 
17th. Owned by John Frautress. 

1.30 p.m. Cause unknown. 
Still alarm. Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 4, with buckets of water. 
Foreman lCetchell in command. 



Tuesday. Ashland St. Woodland. 

17th. Owned by H. B. #ar.gent. 

4.55 p.m. First company at fire, Chemical Engine No. 4. 
Box 42. First water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 4. 

"W. Roxbury. Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called^ Engine No. 28; Hook and Ladder No. 10; 

Chemical Engine No. 4. 
Fireward Weeks in command. 



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November. 
Tuesday. 

17th. 
5 05 p.m. 
Box 21. 



No. 56 Hanover St. Six-story brick hotel, American House. 
Owned by Lewis Rice & Son. 

Loss $14,550. Insurance $119,750. 
Occupied by Lewis Rice & Son and others. 

Loss $12,792. Insurance $47,750. 
Fire originated on fourth floor, and extended to roof. 
Cause, defective chimney. 

First company at fire, Hook and Ladder No. 1. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 4. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26; Hose- No. 3; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8 ; Chemical En- 
gine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Tuesday. Forest Hill St. Woodland. 

17th. Owned by D. M. Ross. 

7.17 p.m. Alarm given by citizen. 

Box 13. Companies called, Engine No. 28; Hook and Ladder No. 10, and 
W. Roxbury. Chemical Engine No. 4. 

Asst. Engineer Colligan in command. 



Wednesday. Court off of D St., West Roxbury. Three-story wooden dwelling 
18th. 45 X 20. 

4.00 a.m. Owned by G. W. Meserve. 

Box 14. Loss $5,500. Insurance $5,000. 

W. Roxbury. Unoccupied. 

5. 31 a.m. Fire originated in L, extended to whole building. 
Box 263. Cause, supposed incendiary. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 28. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 28. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 13, 14, 24, 28; Hose No. 7; Hook 
and Ladder Nos. 4, 10; Chemical Engine 
No. 3 ; Extinguisher No. 4. 
Firevvard Belford in command. 



Thursday. Hunneman St., Roxbury. 
19th. Needless alarm. 

5.33 a.m. Given by a policeman, who saw a blacksmith's fire made to heat tires. 
Box 231. Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 12, 13, 14, 23, 24; Hose No. 7; 

Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 4 ; Extinguisher 
No. 4. 
Asst. Engineer Munroe in command. 



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November. 
Friday. 

20th. 
7.36 a.m. 
Box 59. 



Cor. of Lincoln and Tufts Sts. Four-story brick tenement house. 
150 X 50. 
Owned by John S. Farlowe. 

Loss $700. No Insurance. 
Occupied by several families. 
Fire originated in the basement and extended to third floor. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 7. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 7. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, V), 25, and 26; Hose Nos. 
2, 3, 5 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 3 and 8 ; 
Chemieal Engine Nos. 1, 2 ; Fire Boat. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Saturday. Faneuil St., Brighton. One and one-half story wooden dwelling, 

21st. 16 X 30. 

6.30 p.m. Owned by John Berrigan. 

Still alarm. Loss $1,000. No Insurance. 

Unoccupied. 
Fire originated in closet on the first floor. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Companies called, Engine No. 29 ; Hook and Ladder No. 11. 
Call Engineer Holbrook in command. 



Saturday. No. 44 Bedford St. Four-story brick building, 38 X 52. 
21st. Owned by Carney heirs. 

7.53 p.m. Loss $100. Insurance $24,000. 

Box 43. Occupied by Tasker Bros., Brush & Co., furnishing goods. 

Occupied by Bridgham & Co., woollen goods. 

Loss $7,111. Insurance $42,500. 
Fire originated on first floor. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 26. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 26. 
Alarm given by police. \ 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25 and 26 ; Hose 
Nos. 2, 3 and 5 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 
3 and 8 ; Chemical Engine -Nos. 1 and 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



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november. 
Sunday. 

22d. 

4.43 a.m. 

Box 32. 

W. Roxbury. 



Bellevue St. Two and one-half story wooden dwelling, 40 X 55. 

Owned by E. W. Smith. 

Occupied by E. W. Smith. 
Fire originated on first floor, under stairway, extended to second. 
Cause, accidental. 

First company at fire, Hand Engine No. 2. 
First water on fire, Hand Engine No. 2. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine No. 28 ; Chemical Engine Nos. 4 and 5 ; 
Hand Engine No. 2 ; Hook and Ladder No. 10. 

Fireward Spear in command. 



Sunday. Dorchester Ave., Ward' 16. Two and one-half story wooden dwell- 

22d. ihg, 25 X 60. 

10.20 a.m. Owned by Michael McDonald. 

Still alarm. Occupied by Michael McDonald. 

Fire originated on first floor. 
Cause, defective flue. 
Alarm given by police. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 17, and Hook and Ladder Co. 

No. 7. 
Foreman Glover in command. 



Monday. No. 349 Hanover St. Four-story brick building, 20 X 27. 

23d. Owned by N. N. Nelson. 

11.21 a.m. Loss $500. Insurance $6,000. 

Box 13. Occupied by N. N. Nelson, clothing store. 

Loss $100. Insurance $4,000. 
Fire originated on second floor. 
Cause, defective flue. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 8. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 8. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10 ; Hose No. 3 ; Hook and 
Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 ; Chemical Engine 
No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Monday. Rear 1869 Washington St., " Hall's Court," Highlands. Two- 

23d. story wooden building. 

6.35 p.m. Owned by George F. Joyce. 

Box 239. Loss $125. Insurance $300. 

Occupied by Mr. Fenn, storage. 
" " F. Ferdinand, stable. 

Loss $350. No Insurance. 



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Fire originated on second floor, extended to first. 

Cause, supposed incendiary. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 12. 

First water on fire, Engine No. 12. 

Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 12, 13, 14, 23 and 24; Hose No. 7; 
Hook and Ladder No. 4 ; Chemical Engine 
No. 3 ; Extinguisher No. 4. 
Asst. Engineer Munroe in command. 



Tuesday. No. 29 Oak St. Three-story brick building, 18 X 28. 

24th. Owned by Mrs. Flynn. 

3.22 p.m. Loss $20. Insurance $5,000. 

Box 67. Occupied by Mrs. Flynn, dwelling. 

" " Mrs. Bricher, costumer. 

Loss $150. Insurance $900. 
Fire originated on second floor. 
Cause, careless use of matches. 
First company at fire, Hose No. 2. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 2. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 7, 10, 25, 26; Hose Nos. 2, 5; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 3 and 8 ; Chemical 
Engine Nos. 1 and 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Tuesday. No. 82 Water St. Four-story brick building, 50 X 45. 

24th. Owned by James Codman. 

8.11 p.m. Occupied by Israel Whitney and others, offices. 

Box 46. Needless alarm. 

Caused by'flashing of coal in grate, supposed to be a fire. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26 ; Hose Nos. 
2, 3 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8 ; Chemical 
Engine Nos. 1, 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Wednesday. Dorchester Avenue, near Linden St., Ward 16. One-story 
25th. wooden building, 60 X 25. 

8.58 A.M. Owned by Benj. Johnson. 

Box 323. . Loss $50. No Insurance. 

Occupied by J. A. Seymour, bakery. 

Loss $50. Insurance $1,000. 
Fire originated around the oven, and extended to roof. 
Cause, overheated furnace. 



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November. 



First company at fire, Engine No. 17. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 17. 
Alarm given by individual member. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 17, 18 ; Hook and Ladder, Nos. 6, 7. 
Asst. Engineer Hewins in command. 



Wednesday. Needless alarm. 

25th. Given by an operator while at work on the box. 

9.35 a.m. Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 7, 10, 13, 25, 26; Hose Nos. 
Box 85. 2, 5 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 8 ; Chemical 

Engine Nos. 1, 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Wednesday. River St., Ward 16. Two-story wooden barn, 30 X 35. 
25th. Owned by Bernard McGovern. 

10.47 p.m. Loss $300. No Insurance. 

Box 352. Occupied by J. Morrow, storage for hay. 

Loss $200. No Insurance. 
Fire originated in the hay-loft, extended to whole building. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 16. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 16. 
Alarm given by individual member. 
Companies called, Engine Nos. 16, 18, 19,20; Hook and Ladder 

No. 6. 
Asst. Engineer Hewins in command. 



Thursday. No. 23 Cherry St., Highlands. Wooden dwelling. 
26th. . Occupied by Mr. Donahoe. 

9.00 a.m. Fire caused by fat boiling over on the stove. 
Still alarm. Accident. Mrs. Donahoe was badly burned and died from the ef- 
fects. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 24. 
Foreman Bolton in command. 



Friday. Lamartine St. Two-story wooden stable, 30 X 20. 

27th. Owned by T. Gunning. 

1.43 a.m. Loss $300. No Insurance. 

Box 14. Occupied by T. Gunning. 

W. Roxbury. Loss $700. Insurance $1,000. 

1.50 a.m. Fire originated in stable. 

Box 261. Cause, supposed incendiary. 



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First company at fire, Chemical Engine No. 5. 
First water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 5. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 12, 13, 14, 24, 28 ; Hose No. 7 ; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 4, 10; Chemical 
Engine, No. 5 ; Extinguisher No. 4. 
Asst. Engineer Hewins in command. 



Friday. No. 740 Washington St. Four-story brick building 21 X 60. 
27th. Owned by Amos Lawrence heirs. 

7.50 a.m. Loss $20. Insurance $7,000. 

Still alarm. Occupied by John Smith, fish market. 

Occupied by C. E. Hewes, furniture store. 

Loss $35. Insurance $2,000. 
Fire originated on first floor. 
Cause, overheated stove. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 3. 
Foreman Hines in command. 



Friday. Baker St. Stock of hay. 

27th. Owned by J. Mack. 

10.35 a.m. Loss $25. No Insurance- 

Box 32. Fire originated in the hay. 
W. Roxbury. Cause, carelessness of children. 

First company at fire, Hand Engine No. 2. 
First water on fire, Hand Engine No. 2. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine No. 28; Chemical Engine Nos. 4 and 5; 
Hand Engine No. 2 ; Hook and Ladder 
No. 10. 
Asst. Engineer Hewins in command. 



Friday. Hide Park Avenue. Pile of hay. 

27th. Owned by M. Dolan. 

9.20 p.m. Fire originated among the hay. 
Box 42. Cause, supposed incendiary. 
W. Roxbury. Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine No. 28 ; Hook and Ladder No. 
Chemical Engine Nos. 4 and 5. 
Asst. Engineer Hewins in command. 



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November. ■ 

Saturday. 

28th. 

8.30 a.m. 

Box 254. 



No, 



68 Bickford St., Highlands. Three-story brick dwelling, 

22 X 32. 
Owned by Charles Ward. 



Occupied by Charles Ward. 



Loss $25. Insurance $4,000. 
Loss $100. No Insurance. 



Eire originated on first floor. 
Caused by sparks from stove. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 14. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 14. 
Alarm given by a citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 12, 13, 14, and 24; Hose No. 7; 
Hook and Ladder No. 4 ; Chemical Engine 
No. 3 ; Extinguisher No. 4. 
Asst. Engineer Colligan in command. 



Saturday. No. 1 India St. Four-story brick building, 50 ^< 25. 

28th. Owned by the " Fifty Associates." 

9.45 p.m. Loss $75. Insurance $8,000. 

Box 37. Occupied by Frank E. Davis, cigars and tobacco. 

Loss $100. Insurance $800. 
Fire originated on first floor. 
Cause unknown. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25 and 26 ; Hose 
Nos. 2 and 3 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 
8 ; Chemical Engine No. 1 ; Fire Boat. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Sunday. No. 84 Fulton St. Four-story brick building, 25 X 50. 

29th. Owned by Oriel Towle. 

2.15 a.m. Loss $75. Insurance $2,000. 

Box 15. Occupied by Charles H. Moore, junk store. 

Loss $300. Insurance $1,500. 
Fire originated on second floor, extended to first. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 8. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 8. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25 and 26 ; Hose No. 
3 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8-; Chemical 
Engine No. 1 ; Fire Boat. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



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November. 

Monday. No. 371 Washington St. Five-story granite and brick building, 

30th. 160 X 82. 

1.25 p.m. Owned by Daniel Chamberlain. 

Still alarm. Loss $200. Insurance $40,000. 

Occupied by Daniel Chamberlain, hotel " Adams House." 

Loss $100. Insurance $20,000. 
Fire originated in cellar, extended to fourth story. 
Cause unknown. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine No. 25 and 26 ; Hook and Ladder No. 8. 
Foreman Knox in command. 



Monday. Cor. Eagle and Glendon Sts., East Boston. Two-story wood and 

30th. corrugated-iron building, 80 X 100. 

3.44 p.m. Owned by Jewett & Pitcher. 

Box 173. Loss $50. No Insurance. 

Occupied by Jewett & Pitcher, planing mill. 
Fire originated in shaving-room. 
Caused by sparks from boiler. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 5. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 6. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 5, 9, 11; Hose No. 6; Hook and 
Ladder No. 2 ; Fire Boat. 
Asst. Engineer Dunbar in command. 



Monday. No. 21 Gold St. Three-story wood and brick tenement-house, 

30th. 25 X 30. 

5.40 p.m. Owned by John Hayes. 

Still alarm. Loss $25. Insurance $1,500. 

Occupied by several families. 
Fire originated on first floor. 
Caused by upsetting a kerosene lamp. 
Accident. James McCann was severely burnt, and was taken to 

the hospital where he died. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine No. 15 ; Hose No. 9. 
Driver Gowen in command. 



recapitulation. 

Total number of fires .....' 73 

Confined to one building 71 

Extended to other buildings 2 



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November. 

Estimated loss on buildings . . . . . . . . $34,541 00 

" " stock 30,903 00 

Pull insurance on buildings 263,400 00 

" " " stock 150,750 00 

Alarms given by patrol ........... 9 

" " " individual members ........ 4 

" " " police 30 

" " " citizens 39 

" " " District Telegraph Co 

Alarms. Telegraph, fires . . . 51 

" " false 1 

" " needless ......... 6 

" still 26 

Total - 84 

Buildings slightly damaged 52 

" considerably damaged ......... 13 

" totally destroyed 8 



DECEMBER. 

Tuesday. Rear 49 Chelsea St. Three-story wooden dwelling, 20 X 30. 

1st. Owned by P. O. Riordan. 

7.02 p.m. Occupied by P. O. Riordan. 

Box 23. Eire originated in the chimney. 
Charlestown. Cause, burning out of a foul chimney. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine No. 27; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4; Hook and 
Ladder No. 9. 
Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 



Tuesday. No. 37 Pitts St. Eour-story brick dwelling, £0 X 25. 

1st. ■ Owned by J. B. Clapp. 

7.20 p.m. Occupied by Miss Davis. 

Still alarm. Fire originated on first floor. 
Cause, overheated stove. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished with buckets of water. 
Companies called at fire, Engine No. 4; Chemical Engine No. 1. 
Eoreman Cheswell in command. 



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December. 
Wednesday. 
2d. 

9.24 a.m. 

Box 214. 



No. 21 Clifton 'Place, Highlands. 
50 X 25. 
Owned by Mr. Allen. 
Occupied by John Allison. 



Three-story wooden dwelling 



Loss 



No Insurance. 



Fire originated in the second story. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 23. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 12, 13, 14, 23, 24; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 4; 
No. 4. 
Asst. Engineer Mtjnroe in command. 



Hose No.. 7; 
Extinguisher 



Wednesday. No. 56 Haverhill St., Charlestown. Three-story wooden dwelling, 



2d. 

4.55 p.m. 

Still alarm. 



30 X 30. 
Owned by K. A. White. 

Occupied by Mr. Glassen. 



Loss $25. Insurance $2,000. 
Loss $35. No Insurance. 



Eire originated in some clothes. 
Caused by a gas-light. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished with buckets of water by Hose Co. No. 2. 

Foreman Tyler in command. 



Wednesday. 

2d. 

6.05 p.m. 

Still alarm. 



Washington St., Roslindale. Hay-stack. 
Owned by. Charles Whittemore. 



Loss 



No Insurance. 



Fire originated among the hay. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 
First company at fire, Chemical Engine No. 4. 
First water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 4. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Chemical Engine No. 4; Hand-Engine No. 3. 
Fireward Weeks in command. 



Wednesday. No. 192 Portland St. Three-story brick building, 83 X 51. 
2d. Owned by Peter Brigham. 

9.34 p.m. Unoccupied. 

Box 5. Fire originated on the roof. 

Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 6. 
First water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 1. 



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Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 0, 7, 8, 10, 25 ; Hose No. 3 ; Hook 
and Ladder Nos. 1, 8 ; Chemical Engine No. 
1 ; Fire Boat. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Friday. Washington St., Roslindale. Two-story wooden stable, 60 X 40. 

4th. Owned by Charles Whittemore. 

6.00 p.m. Loss $2,000. Insurance $1,000. 

Box 24. Occupied by Charles Whittemore. 

W. Roxbury. Loss $2,000. Insurance $1,000. 

Eire originated on first floor, extended to the whole stable. 
Cause, supposed accidental. 
First company at fire, Chemical Engine No. 4. 
First water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 4. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 14, 28 ; Hook and Ladder No. 10 ; 
Chemical Engine Nos. 4, 5 ; Hand Engine 
Nos. 2, 3. 
Asst. Engineer Hewins in command. 



Saturday. Moseley Ave., Ward 16. Two-story wooden building, 18 X 30. 
5th. Owned by Chas. W. Wiggin. 

1.41 a.m. Fire originated on first floor. 

Box 313. Caused from a furnace being built on the floor to dry plastering. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 17. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 10. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 17,21; Hose No. 10; Hook and 
Ladder No. 7. 
Asst. Engineer Munrob in command. 



Saturday. Washington St., Roslindale. 

5th. Alarm caused by the rekindling of the ruins of Chas. Whittemore's 

8.12 a.m. stable. 

Box 24. First company at fire, Chemical Engine No. 4. 
W. Roxbury. First water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 4. 
Alarm given by individual member. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 14, 28 ; Hook and Ladder No. 10 ; 
Chemical Engine Nos. 4, 5. 
Asst. Engineer Colligan in command. 



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December. 

Saturday. 

5th. 

4.20 p.m. 

Box 3. 

Charlestown. 



No. 51 Tufts St. Three-story .wooden dwelling, 50 X 30. 

Owned by Otis Bailey. 

Occupied by Otis Bailey. 
Needless alarm. 

Caused by smoke beating down the flue. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine No. 27; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4; Hook and 
Ladder No. 9 ; Fire Boat. 

Asst. Engineer Baktlett in command. 



Saturday. Washington St., Eoslindale. 

5th. Caused by the rekindling of hay owned by Charles Whittemore. 

5.00 p.m. Alarm given by citizen. 

Still alarm. Extinguished by Chemical Engine No. 4. 

Fireward Weeks in command. 



Saturday. No. 17 Endicott St. Eour-story brick dwelling, 25 X 40. 
5th. Occupied by J. Schuch. 

5.45 p.m. Loss $20. No Insurance. 

Still alarm. Eire originated on second floor. 
Cause unknown. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 8, with buckets of water. 
Asst. Engineer Cunningham in command. 



Saturday. No. 57 Washington St. Two-story wooden dwelling, 10 X 15. 

5th. Owned by Mrs. Fosdick. 

11.40 p.m. Loss $25. Insurance $2,500. 

Box 13. Occupied by Mrs. Fosdick. 

Charlestown. Fire originated in a shed. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 
First company at fire, Hose No. 3. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 27. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 6 and 27 ; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 

4; Hook* and Ladder No. 9. 
Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 



Sunday. No. 45 Lawrence St. Three-story wooden dwelling, 40 X 50. 

6th. , Owned by M. J. Maloney. 

12.10 a.m. Loss $300. Insurance $4,200. 

Box 17. Occupied by M. J. Maloney. 

Charlestown. Loss $25. No Insurance. 



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December. 



Fire originated in the shed,- extended to L of house. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Hose No. 3. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 3. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 6, 27; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4; 
Hook and Ladder No. 9. 
Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 



Monday. Eear 27 Vine St. Two-story wooden stable, 18 X 15. 

7th. Owned by Daniel Scott. 

10.25 a.m. Loss $100. No Insurance. 

Box 24. Occupied by Daniel Scott. 

Charlestown. Loss $300. No Insurance. 

Fire originated on lower floor, extended to hay-loft. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Hose No. 4. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 4. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine No. 27; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4; Hook and 
Ladder No. 9. 
Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 



Tuesday. False alarm. 

8th. Caused by the breaking of the wire. 

3.20 a.m. Companies called, Engine No. 27; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 4, Hook and 
Box 4. Ladder No. 9. 

Charlestown. 

Wednesday. No. 77 Plympton St. Five-story brick building, 70 X 88. 
9th. Owned by Galvin & Curry. 

7.40 p.m. Occupied by S. Parker & Co., cabinet-makers. 

Still alarm. Fire originated in second story. 
Cause unknown. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Hook and Ladder Co. No. 3. 
Asst. Engineer Fernald in command. 



Thursday. Humphrey St., Ward 16. One and one-half story wooden building, 
10th. 26 X 18. 

8.12 p.m. Owned by Edward McKackney. 

Box 319. Loss $200. No Insurance. 

Occupied by Edward McKackney, carpenter. 

Loss $250. No Insurance. 



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December. 

Fire originated on first floor, and extended to roof. 

Cause, overheated stove. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 21. 

First water on fire, Engine No. 21. 

Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 12, 13, 14, 17, 21, 23, 24; Hose No. 
7 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 4 and 7 ; Extin- 
guisher No. 4. 
Asst. Engineer Munroe in command. 



Friday. No. 29 Minot St. 
11th. Needless alarm. 

2.00 p.m. Caused by smoke issuing from the building. 
Box 5. Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25 ; Hose No. 3 ; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 ; Chemical 
Engine No. 1 ; Fire Boat. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Saturday. ¥o. 88 Cabot St., Highlands. Two-story wooden tenement, 36 X 56. 
12th. Owned by Mrs. Gallagher. 

3.20 p.m. Occupied by several families. 

Still alarm. FntE originated on second floor. 

Caused by soot dropping down and setting wood-work on fire. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 7. 

Asst. Engineer Flanders in command. 



Saturday. Corner Bowen and F Sts., So. Boston. Three-story wooden build. 
12th. ing, 25 X 40. 

9.00 p.m. Owned by William Hunt. 

Still alarm. Loss $ 150. Insurance $4,000. 

Occupied by "William Hunt, store and dwelling. 

Loss $80. No Insurance. 
Fire originated on first floor, extended to third. 
Caused by breaking a kerosene lamp. 
Alarm given by police. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 1, and Hook and Ladder Co. 

' No. 5. 
Asst. Engineer Brown in command. 



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December. 

Sunday. No. 75 Middlesex St. Three-story wooden building, 16 X 40. 

13th. Owned by C. Donovan. 

6.00 a.m. * Loss $200. Insurance $1,000. 

Box 85. Occupied by James Towhig, store and dwelling. 

Loss $135. Insurance $3,600. 
Tire originated on first floor. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 3. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 3. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 7, 10, 13, 25, 26; Hose Nos. 
2, 5; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 8; Chemical 
Engine Nos. 1, 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Sunday. No. 150 Tremont St. Brick building, 60 X 130. 

13th. Owned by Lawrence heirs. 

5.45 p.m. Loss $50. Insurance $14,000. 

Still alarm. Occupied by Baker & Hanlon, harness-makers. 

Occupied by Bean & Goodwin, fruit store. 
Occupied by Charles Wachendorf, lager beer saloon. 

Loss $200. Insurance $46,000. 
Fire originated in the cellar. 
Cause unknown. 
Alarm given by individual member. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 26. 
Asst. Foreman Lawrence in command. 



Monday. Plympton, Wareham and Albany Sts. Brick and wooden build- 

14th. ings. 

10.55 p.m. Plympton St. Five-story brick, 77 X 88. 
Box 68. Owned by Galvin & Curry. 

Second alarm. Loss $25,000. Insurance $20,000. 

11. 00^ p.m. Occupied by Galvin & Curry, machinery. 

Tuesday. Loss $8,000. No Insurance. 

v 15th. Occupied by Burrill & Dennett, billiard table factory. 

Third alarm. Loss $2,500. Insurance $3,500. 

3.47 a.m. Occupied by S. Parker, furniture factory. 

Fourth alarm. Loss $7,000. Insurance $6,500. 

3.54 a.m. Occupied by G. Moulton, stair-builder. 

Fifth alarm. Loss $2,200. Insurance $1,500. 

4.00 a.m. Occupied by Driscoll & Young, planers and moulders. 

Sixth alarm. Loss $3,000. Insurance $1,500. 

4.44 a.m. Owned by Creesy & Noyes. Brick dry-house, 40 X 60. 

Loss $8,000. No Insurance. 

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December. 

Owned by C. Clark. Three-story brick stable, 20 X 70. 

Loss, $400. Insurance $1,500. 
Wareham St. Five-story brick building, 180 X 50. 
Owned by Creesy & Noyes. 

Loss $846. Insurance $15,000. 
Occupied by New England Organ Co. 

Loss $1,954. Insurance $27,000. 
Owned by F. Badger. Four-story brick building. 

Loss $10,000. Insurance $5,000. 
Occupied by F. Badger, stair-builder. 

Loss $27,400. Insurance $12,000. 
Occupied by J. F. Marston & Co., carpenters and builders. 

Loss $1,900. Insurance $1,600. 
Owned by Smith & Jacobs. Four-story brick, 65 X 67. 

Loss $27,000. Insurance $7,000. 
Occupied by J. J. Hill, carpenter. 

Loss $600. Insurance $1,000. 
Occupied by H. Bartlett, builder. 

Loss $3,100. Insurance $1,000. 
Owned by Morton & Chesley. Four-story brick, 35 X 170. 

Loss $30,000. Insurance $15,000. 
Occupied by Morton & Chesley, stair-builders. 

Loss $27,000. Insurance $11,500. 
Occupied by Chesley Bros., carpenters. 

Loss $3,100. Insurance $2,000. 
Occupied byW. Mason, blacksmith. 

Loss $2,000. No Insurance. 
Owned by N. Hart. Three-story brick, 40 X 60. 

Loss $27,000. Insurance $10,000. 
Owned by J. J. McNutt. Five-story brick, 60 X 140. 
Occupied by J. J. McNutt, planing-mill. 

Loss $60,000. Insurance $10,000. 
Occupied by Pierce, Gilman & Tuttle, table factory. 

Loss $40,000. Insurance $28,000. 
Occupied by Adolphus Sherman & Co., furniture factory. 

Loss $16,000. Insurance $7,000. 
Occupied by Bossom and Borsch, cabinet-makers. 

Loss $25,400. Insurance $10,500. 
Owned by J. J. McNutt. Three-story brick. 

Loss $400. Insurance $9,500. 
Occupied by T. Chase, door-maker. 

Loss $3,100. Insurance $2,800. 
Occupied by E. McCawley, stone-cutter. 

Loss $1,000. No Insurance 



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December. 



Albany St. Five-story brick, 60 X 140. 

Owned by W. P. Emerson, piano-forte company. 
Occupied by W. P. Emerson, piano-forte factory. 

Loss $800. Insurance $53,000. 
Occupied by D. Reed, lumber-dealer. 

Loss $27,400. Insurance $9,600. 
Fire originated in Galvin & Curry's building, and extended to 

several otliers. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 
First company at fire, Hook and Ladder No. 3. 
First water on fire, Hook and Ladder No. 3. 
Alarms given by citizens. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 
15, 1G, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26; 
Hose Nos. 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10; Hook and 
Ladder Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 ; Cbemical 
Engine No. 2 ; Fire Boat. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Tuesday. Baker St. Two-story wooden church, 40 X 60. 

15th. Owned by the Catholic Society. 

12.17 a.m. Loss $10,000. Insurance $5,000. 

Box 32. Occupied by Catholic Society. 

W. Roxbury. Fire extended to whole building. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 
First company at fire, Hand Engine No. 2. 
First water on fire, Hand Engine No. 2. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine No. 28; Hook and Ladder No. 10; Hand 
Engine No. 2 ; Chemical Engine No. 4. 
Fireward Spear in command. 



Tuesday. 35 Water St. Two and one-half story wooden building, 40 X 70. 

loth. Owned by Jacob Hitiinger. 

1.20 a.m. Loss $7,500. Insurance $2,000. 

Box 21. Owned by T. Cunningham. 

Charlestown. Loss $11,600. No Insurance. 

1.31a.m. Ship "Reporter." 

Box 4. Loss $3,000. Insurance $45,000. 

Fitchburg Railroad Cars. 

Loss $800. No Insurance. 
Fire originated on lower floor, and extended to boiler-shop and ship 

" Reporter." 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 



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December. 

First company at fire, Hose No. 3. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 3. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 8, 9 and 27 ; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 
3 and 4 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8 and 9 ; 
Chemical Engine No. 1 ; Eire Boat. 
Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 

Tuesday. Needless alarm. 

15th. Given by the Sergeant of Police Station No. 8, who saw the fire in 
1.35 a.m. Charlestown, and supposed it to be at the North End. 

Box 9. No apparatus responded. 

Tuesday. Hettinger's Wharf. One-story wood and brick, 250 X 50. 

15th. Occupied by Jacob Hittinger, store-house. 

5.50 a.m. Loss $75,000. Insurance $52,000. 

Box 21. Occupied by Warner & Richardson, salt-works. 

Second alarm. Loss $60,000. Insurance $30,000. 

6.05 a.m. Occupied by Scott & Bridges. 

Box 9. Loss $2,000. No Insurance- 

Third alarm. Occupied by Mr. Lawler, dwelling. 

6.10 a.m. [Loss $75. No Insurance. 

Box 17. Fire originated in the hay, and extended to other buildings. 
Charlestown. Cause, supposed incendiary. 
6.06 a.m. Alarm given by police. 
Box 4. Eirst company at fire, Hook and Ladder No. 9. 

Second alarm. First water on fire, Hose No. 1. 

6.26 a.m. Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 9, 10, 25 and 27; Hose Nos. 1, 
Boston. 2, 3, 4, and 3 of Boston ; Hook and Ladder 

Nos. 1, 8 and 9; Chemical Engine Nos. 1 
and 2 ; Fire Boat. 
The alarm from Box 9 was sounded to call assistance from Somer- 
ville, and from Box 17 to call assistance from Cambridge. 
Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 



Tuesday. 

15th. 

7.21 A.M. 

Box 9. 



No. 421 Commercial St. Wooden buildings. 
Owned by W. H. Grueby. 



Loss 



No Insurance. 



Occupied by W. H. Grueby, spar-maker. 
Fire originated between the buildings. 
Caused by sparks from the Charlestown fire. 
First company at fire, Chemical Engine No. 1. 
First water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 1. 
Alarm given by police. 
Companies called, Engine No. 16; Chemical Engine Nos. 1 and 2. 



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December. 

Tuesday. No. 12 Woodward St., South Boston. Two and one-half story 

15th. wooden dwelling, 18 X 30. 

6.30 p.m. Owned by George Plunimer. 

Still alarm. Occupied by George Plunimer. 

Fire originated in chimney. 
Caused by the collection of soot. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 10. 

Thursday. No. 90 Warrenton St. One-story wooden building, 10 X 25. 
17th. Owned by Dr. Phelps. 

5.45 p.m. Loss $50. Insurance $2,000. 

Still alarm. Occupied by several families. 

Fire originated on the roof. 
Caused b}' boys setting rags and shavings on fire. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Chemical Engine Co. No. 2, with pails of water- 

Friday. Lawrence St. Block of two and one-half story brick dwellings, 

18th. 15 X 30, each. 

9.24 a.m. No. 14 owned by H. H. Thornton. 

Box 71. Loss $860. Insurance $3,000. 

Occupied by H. H. Thornton. 

Loss $155. Insurance $1,000. 
No. 15 owned by M. A. Lyon. 

Loss $835. Insurance $2,500. 
Occupied by M. A. Lyon. 

Loss $175. Insurance $700. 
No. 16 owned by L. E. Legerry. 

Loss $500. Insurance $2,500. 
Occupied by T. Breen. 

Loss $150. Insurance $500. 
No. 17 owned by J. Young. 

Loss $475. Insurance $2,000. 
Occupied by Mrs. J. Young. 

Loss $195. Insurance $1,000. 
No. 18 owned by P. A. Gladwin. 

Loss $500. Insurance $2,000. 
Occupied by Mrs. Trout. 

Loss $100. Insurance $200. 
No. 19 owned by D. J. McCartha. 

Loss $150. Insurance $2,000. 
Occupied by D. J. McCartha, 

Loss $50. Insurance $600. 
No. 20 owned by H. Galway. 

Loss $150. Insurance $3,500. 



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December. 

Fire originated in second story of No. 14, extended to No. 20. 
Cause, defective flue. 

First company at fire, Chemical Engine No. 2. 
First water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 2. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 7, 10, 13, 22, 23, 25, 26; Hose 
Nos. 2 and 5 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3 and 
8 ; Chemical Engine 1 and 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Friday. Hear 321 Main St. One-story wooden building, 8X8. 

18th. Owned by R. Stickney. 

10.02 p.m. Occupied by Mrs. Stearns, hen-house. 

Box 7. Fire originated on first floor. 
Charlestown. Cause, supposed incendiary. 

First company at fire, Hose No. 1. , 

First water on fire, Hose No. 1. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine No. 27; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4; Hook and 
Ladder No. 9. 
Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 

Friday. Eastern Railroad Bridge. 

18th. Owned by the Eastern Railroad Co. 

10.34 p.m. Occupied " " " " 

Box 4. Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25 ; Hose No. 3 ; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 ; Chemical 
Engine No. 1 ; Fire Boat. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Saturday. No. 39 Buckingham St. Three and one-half story brick building, 

19th. 18 X 30. 

5.17 a.m. Owned by J. P. Moore. 

Box 87. Loss $200. Insurance $2,500. 

Occupied by Win, Carle, boarding-house. 

Loss $75. No Insurance. 
Fire originated in basement-closet. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 
First company at fire, Chemical Engine No. 2. 
First water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 2. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 12, 13, 22, 23; Hose No. 5, 
Hook and Ladder No. 3 ; Chemical Engine 
No. 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



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December. 

Saturday. Rear 174 Main St. Wooden fence. 

19th. , Owned by Mr. Edmunds. 

10.30 p.m. Fire slight. 
Box 12. Cause, supposed incendiary. 
Charlestown. First company at fire, Engine No. 27. 
Extinguished with buckets of water. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 6 and 27 ; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 ; 
Hook and Ladder No. 9. 
Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 



Sunday. 

20th. 
1.22 A.M. 
Box 24. 



Rear No. 10 Blossom St. 
Owned by Mr. Jarvis» 



.Occupied by Margaret Friery 



Three-story wooden dwelling, 20 X 25. 
Loss $50. No Insurance. 
Loss $25. No Insurance. 



Fire originated on first floor. 

Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Hose No. 3. 

First water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 1. 

Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 8, 10, 25 ; Hose No. 3 ; Hook 
and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 ; Chemical En- 
gine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Thursday. No. 352 Dorchester St., South Boston. Two and one-half story 
22d. wooden building, 18 X 30. 

5.15 a.m. Owned by J. Kemp. 

Still alarm. Loss $30. Insurance $3,000. 

Occupied by E. Osgood, variety store and library/ 

Loss $100. No Insurance. 
Fire originated on first floor. 

Caused by throwing a lighted cigar into a box of sawdust. 
Alarm given by .citizen. 

Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 10. 
Driver Stone in command. 

Wednesday. No. 118 Albany St. One-story wooden building, 70 X 45. 
23d. Owned by Boston and Albany Railroad Co. 

10.42 p.m. Occupied by Hill Bros., storage. 

Still alarm. Fire originated on first floor. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 2, with buckets of water. 
Driver Knights in command. 



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December. 

Wednesday. No. 155 Broadway, So. Boston. Three-story wooden building, 
23d. 40 X 25. 

.10.30 p.m. Owned by J. H. Kyan. 

Box 124. Loss $350. Insurance $3,500. 

Occupied by Miss Harvey, dry-goods store and dwelling. 

Loss $2,000. Insurance $2,600. 
Fire originated in the store. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Hose No. 9. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 9. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 1, 2, 3, 7, 15; Hose Nos. 9, 10, 12; 
trttok and Ladder Nos. 3, 5. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Thursday. No. 145 Court St. Four-story brick building, 40 X 20. 

24th. Owned by Meredith heirs. 

1.21 a.m. Occupied by Brock & Walsh, cigar store. 

Box 21. Loss $30. Insurance $1,000. 

Fire originated on first floor under counter. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 4. 
First water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 1. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26; Hose No. 3; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8; Chemical En- 
gine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Thursday. No. 383 Dorchester Ave., So. Boston. Two-story wooden building, 
24th. 20 X30. 

1.49 a.m. Owned by Naylor & Co. 

Box 125. Loss $500. No Insurance. 

Occupied by Naylor & Co., Norway iron works gas-house. 
Fire originated on first floor, extended to roof. 
Cause, defective flue. 
First company at fire, Hose No. 10. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 10. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 1, 2, 3, 7, 15, 21 ; Hose Nos. 9, 10, 12 ; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 5. 
- Chief Engineer Green in command. 



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December. 
Thursday. 

24th. 
11.30 A.M. 
Still alarm. 



No. 1 Conant Place, Highlands. Three-story wooden building, 
45 X 30. 

Owned by heirs of N. D. Conant. 

Occupied by several families. 
Fire originated in bed-room on third floor. 
Cause, children playing with matches. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 14. 

Foreman Webber in command. 



Thursday. No. 245 Albany St. Three-story wooden building, 100 X 18. 
24th. Owned by Gardner Brewer heirs. 

4.35 p.m. Loss $18. Insurance $2,000. 

Box 79. Occupied by Daniel O'Neil, grocery and tenement. 

Loss $10. No Insurance. 
Fire originated on first floor. 
Cause, children playing with matches. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 3. 

Extinguished with buckets of water. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 1, 3, 7, 12, 13, 15, 23, 25 and 26; 
Hose Nos. 2, 5 and 9 ; Hook and Ladder 
Nos. 3, 5 and 8 ; Chemical Engine No. 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Thursday. No. 70 Lewis St., East Boston. Two and one-half story wooden 
24th. building, 50 X 50. 

5.15 p.m. Owned by George M. Bird. 

Box 151. Loss $446. Insurance $2,100. 

Occupied by George M. Bird, machinist. 

Loss $1,476. Insurance $9,400. 
Owned by G. M. Bird. Two and one half-story wooden building, 
20 X 50. 

Loss $35. Insurance $1,000. 
Occupied by Moore Bros., file-cutters. 

Loss $600. Insurance $3,000. 
Fire originated in rear part of first floor, extended to the second 

story of next building. 
Caused by cinders from blacksmith in rear. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 9. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 9. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 5, 9, 11 ; Hose No. 6 ; Hook and 
Ladder No. 2 ; Fire Boat. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



178 City Document. — No. 96. 

December. 
Thursday. No. 9 Norfolk Place. Three-story wooden dwelling, 18 X 40. 

24th. Owned by Mrs. Thomas. 

11.30 p.m. Occupied by Mrs. Cobb. 

Still alarm. Loss $25. No Insurance. 

Fire originated on second floor. 
Caused by the explosion of a kerosene lamp. 
Alarm given by police. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 26, with buckets of water. 
Foreman Knox in command. 



Friday. No. 3 Erin Alley, Border St., East Boston. Two-story wooden 

25th. dwelling, 27 X 26. 

7.00 p.m. Owned by Ann McGovern. 

Box 157. Occupied by Ann McGovern. 

Loss $30. Insurance $500. 
Fire originated on second story. 
Caused by the explosion of a kerosene lamp. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 5, 9 and 11 ; Hose No. 6; Hook and 
Ladder No. 2 ; Fire Boat. 
Asst. Engineer Dunbar in command. 



Saturday. No. 336 Washington St. Seven-story brick building. 
26th. Owned by John P. Thorndike. 

7.39 a.m. Needless alarm. 

Box 53. Caused by smoke issuing from upper story. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26 ; Hose Nos. 
2, 3, 5 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 3, 8 ; 
Chemical Engine Nos. 1, 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Saturday. No. 9 Medford Court. Two and one-half story brick dwelling, 

26th. 16 X 30. 

10.00 a.m. Owned by Ben). French. 

Still alarm. Loss $150. Insurance $2,500. 

Occupied by Mrs. Flory. 

Loss $250. Insurance $500. 
Fire originated in the attic. 
Cause unknown. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 3, and Hook; and Ladder Co. 

No. 3. 
Foreman Hines in command. 



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December. 

Saturday. 

26th. 

6.30 p.m. 

Still alarm. 



Sunday. 

27th. 
1.00 A.M. 
f Box 24. 
W. Roxbury. 



Sunday. 

27th. 

3.35 a.m. 

Still alarm. 



Sunday. 

27th. 
5.45 a.m. 
Box 16. 



No. 36 Lynde St. Five-story brick dwelling, 50 X 25. 

Owned by L. R. Cutter. 

Occupied by R. Emery. 

Loss $35. No Insurance. 
Fire originated on third floor. 
Cause, unknown. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 4. 

Extinguished with buckets of water. 
Alarm given by patrol. 
Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6; Chemical Engine No. 1. 

Asst. Engineer Abbott in command. 

Roslindale Avenue. Hay-stack. 
Owned by E. D. Jones. 



Loss $5( 



No Insurance. 



Cause, supposed incendiary. 
First company at fire, Chemical Engine No. 4. 
First water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 4. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine No. 28, Hook and Ladder No. 10 ; Chem- 
ical Engine No. 4. 
Asst. Engineer Hewins in command. 

No. 182 Portland St. Three-story brick building, 80 X 75. 

Owned by Peter Brigham. 

Unoccupied. 
Fire originated among some shavings and chips on first floor. 
Cause unknown. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1. 

Foreman Bickford in command. 

No. 29 North Market St. Four-story granite and brick building, 
60 X 30. 
Owned by W. H. H. Furber. 

Loss $100. Insurance $3,750. 
Occupied by Chas. Mason, produce commissioner. 

Loss $3,100. Insurance $6,000. 
Fire originated in basement. 
Caused by gas-jet. 
First company at fire Engine No. 8. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 8. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos, 4, 6, 7, 8, 25, 26 ; Hose Nos. 2 and 
3 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 ; Chemi- 
cal Engine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



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City Document. — No. 96. 



December. 
Sunday. 

27th. 
9.48 a.m. 
Box 142. 



No. 293 Second St., South Boston. Three-story wooden tenement, 
50X21. 
Owned by P. Kain. 

Loss $300. Insurance $2,500. 
Occupied by James Manning. 

Loss $100. No Insurance. 
Fire originated on first floor, extended to roof. 
Cause, defective flue. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 1. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 1. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 1, 2, 3, 7, 15; Hose Nos. 9, 10, 12; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 3 and 5 ; Fire Boat. 
Asst. Engineer Brown in command. 



Sunday. No 601 Main St., Charlestown. Three-story wooden dwelling, 30 X 40. 

27th. Owned by Babcock heirs. 

9.45 p.m. Occupied by Mr. Pendergast. 

Still alarm. Fiee originated on first floor. 

Caused by the explosion of a kerosene lamp. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 2. 
Foreman Tyler in command. 

Monday. No. 5 Ontario St., South Boston. Two and one-half story wooden 

28th. tenement, 60 X 30. 

1.10 p.m. Owned by Michael Foley. 

Still alarm. Occupied by several families. 

Fire originated in the chimney. 
Caused by the burning out of a foul chimney. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 15. 
Engineman Fitzgerald in command. 



Tuesday. Cor. Chelsea and Elbow Sts., East Boston. Three-story wooden 

29 th. building, 20 X 40. 

9.53 p.m. Owned by George Hargrave & Son. 

Box 154. Unoccupied. 

Needless alarm. 
Caused by drying plastering. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 5, 9, 11; Hose No. 6; Hook and 
Ladder No. 2 ; Fire Boat. 
Asst. Engineer Dunbar in command. 



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December. 

Wednesday. 

30th. 

2.08 a.m. 

Box 7. 

Charlestown. 



No. G5 Canal St. One-story wooden stable, 15 X 10. 
Owned by James Wholley heirs. 

Loss $800. Insurance $1,600. 
Occupied by heirs of James Wholley. 

Loss $100. No Insurance. 
Fire originated in stable, extended to other buildings. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 
First company at fire, Hose No. 1. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 1. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 6 and 27 ; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3 and £ ■ 
Hook and Ladder No. 9. 
Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 

Wednesday. Draper Court, Ward 16. 

30th. Fire originated among some rubbish rear Dr. Jarvis's barn. 

5.00 p.m. Caused by boys setting it on fire. 
Still alarm. Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 17, with pails of water. 
Foreman Alexander Glover, Jr., in command. 

Wednesday. No. 69 Charlestown St. Four-story brick building, 85 X 24. 
30th. Owned by C. E. Hall & Co. 

6-47 p.m. Loss $150. Insurance $3,000. 

Box 12. Occupied by C. E. Hall & Co., marble-works. 

" " J. E. Hodgkins, machinist. 
" " Haley, Morse & Co., wringer factory. 

Loss $150. Insurance $25,000. 
Fire originated on third floor, extended to fourth. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 8. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 8. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26 ; Hose No. 3 ; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1. and 8 ; Chemical 
Engine No. I. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Wednesday. No. 148 West Canton St. Three-story brick dwelling, 35 X 18. 
30th. Owned by James Cutter. 

8.53 p.m. Occupied by James Cutter. 

Box 81. Fire slight. 

Caused by overheated furnace. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 13, 22 and 23 ; Hose No. 5 ; Hook 
and Ladder No. 3 ; Chemical Engine No. 2. 
Asst. Engineer Fernald in command. 



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City Document. — No. 96. 



December. 
Thursday. 

31s't. 
1.27 A.M. 
Box 62. 



No. 118 Pleasant St. Four-story brick building, 22 X 44. 
Owned by G. A. P. Dariing. 

Loss $477. Insurance $8,000. 
Occupied by C. M. Guild, Jr., drug store. 
Occupied by John Corcoran, paint-shop. 

Loss $500. Insurance $3,500. 
Fire okiginated in the cellar. 
Cause, unknown. 

First company at fire, Chemical Engine No. 2. 
First water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 2. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine No. 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 22, 25, 26 ; Hose Nos. 
2, 3, 5; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 3, 8; 
Chemical Engine, Nos. 1 and 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Thursday. 
31st. 

5.45 a.m. 
Still alarm. 



No. 165 Athens St., So. Boston. Two-story wooden tenement. 
Owned by J. Garagan. 
Occupied by Glynn & Martin. 



Loss $2( 



No Insurance. 



Fire originated in basement. 
Caused by cover of Hue falling out. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 9, with buckets of water. 

Driver Gowen in command. 

Thursday. No. 21 Travers St. Two-story wooden tenement, 20 X 18. 

31st. Owned by J. C. Jacobs. 

12.50 p.m. Occupied by Mr. Newton. 

Still alarm. Fire originated on first floor. 

Caused by thawing out water-pipe. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Extinguished by Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1, with pails of water. 
Foreman Bickjford in command. 



recapitulation. 

Total number of fires 58 

Confined to one building . 51 

Extended to other buildings 7 

Estimated loss on buildings $171,737 00 

" " stock 413,355 00 

Full insurance on buildings ........ ~. 215,650 00 

" " " stock 378,500 00 



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December. 

Alarms given by patrol 2 

" " " individual members ........ 2 

" " " police 29 

" " " citizens .......... 40 

" " " District Telegraph Co. 

Alarms. Telegraph, fires 45 

" " false 1 

" " needless . 5 

" still 23 

Total 74 

Buildings slightly damaged 47 

" considerably damaged ......... 5 

" totally destroyed 6 



JANUARY, 1875. 

Friday. Nos. 92 and 94 Baxter St., So. Boston. Three-story wooden 

1st. dwellings, 40 X 50. 

7.05 a.m. Owned by P. Doherty and J. Kohler. 

Box 127. Loss $1,000. Insurance $3,000. 

Occupied by Doherty, Russell, Kohler and Connelly. 

Loss $400. No Insurance. 
Fire originated on first floor of No. 92, extended to roof of both 

buildings. 
Caused by thawing out water-pipes. 
First company at fire, Hose No. 10. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 10. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 1, 2,15; Hose Nos. 9, 10, 12; Hook 
and Ladder No. 5. 
Asst. Engineer Brown in command. 



Friday. Bowdoin Square. Five-story hotel — brick — 40X30. 

1st. Owned by the " Skimmings Estate." 

5.15 p.m. Occupied by E. B. Pierce. 

Still alarm. Fire originated on fourth floor. 
Cause unknown. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Extinguished with buckets of water. 
Companies called, Engine No. 4 ; Chemical Engine No. 1. 



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January 

Friday. False alarm, Charlestown. 

1st. Alarm given by private watchman of the Eastern Railroad. 

10.25 p.m. Caused by a fight and crying fire. 
Box 6. Companies called, Engine No. 27; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4; Hook and 

Ladder No. 9. 

Saturday. This alarm was given in response to a call for help from Chief Engi- 

2d. neer Boyd of Hyde Park. 

11.48 p.m. Alarm given by police. 

Box 353. Companies called, Engine Nos. 16, 18, 19 ; Hook and Ladder No. 6. 

Sunday. Rear G3 and 65 Liverpool St., East Boston. Three-story wooden 

3d. building, 50 X 18. 

I 
0.28 a.m. Owned by John D. Hurly. 

Box 157. Loss $784. Insurance $1,000. 

Occupied by J. D. Hurly, barn. 

Loss $200. No Insurance. 

Fire originated in second story, extended to third. 

Cause, supposed incendiary. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 9. 

First water on fire, Engine No. 9. 

Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 5, 9, 11; Hose No. 6; Hook and 

Ladder No. 2 ; Fire Boat. 

Asst. Engineer Dunbar in command. 

Sunday. No. 17 Winter St. Four-story brick building, 70 X 18. 

3d. Owned by Dr. Cabot. 

11.13 a.m. Loss $163. Insurance $3,500. 

Box 42. Occupied by Samuel Tilton, millinery store. 

Fire originated in cellar. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 26. 
First water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 2. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26; Hose Nos. 
2, 3, 5; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 3, 8; 
Chemical Engine Nos. 1 and 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Sunday. No. 11 Columbia St. Five-story brick dwelling, 40 X 20. 

3d. Owned by heirs of James Bennett. 

7.24 p.m. Loss $350. No Insurance. 

Box 52. Occupied by Edward Holland. 

Loss $100. No Insurance. 
FrRE originated on fourth floor, extended to roof. 



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January. 

Cause unknown. 
/ First company at fire, Engine No. 7. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 7. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, G, 7, 8, 10, 25; 26; Hose Nos. 
2, 3, 5; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 3, 8 ; 
Chemical Engine Nos. 1 and 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Tuesday. No. 53 South Margin St. Three-story wooden building. 

5th. Owned by Mrs.,, Louis Schnitzer. 

0.35 a.m. Loss $250. Insurance $1,500. 

Box 8. Occupied by Mr. Williams, grocery. 

Fire originated on second story, extended to first and third. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 6. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 6. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26; Hose No. 3; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 ; Chemical 
Engine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Wednesday. No. 26 Travers St. Four-story wooden tenement, 28 X 25. 
6th. Owned by Woodward heirs. 

6.02 a.m. Occupied by several families. 

Box 8. Fire originated on fourth floor. 

Caused by a curtain igniting from a candle. 
First company at fire, Hook and Ladder No. 1. 

Extinguished with buckets of water. . 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25, 2Q.; Hose No. 3; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 - t Chemical 
Engine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Wednesday. Linnett St., West Roxbury. Three-story wooden dwelling, 40 X 40. 
6th. Owned by John A. Emmons. 

6.10 p.m. Loss $150. Insurance. $6,000. 

Still alarm. Occupied by John A. Emmons. 

Fire originated on second floor, extended to third. 
Cause, defective flue. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Hand Engine Co. No, 2, and citizens. 
Fireward Spear in command. 
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January. 

Thursday. 

7th. 

1.41 A.M. 

Box 213. 



Bartlett Place, Highlands. Two-story wooden building, 95 X 35. 
Owned by Donovan & McComack. 

Loss $3,250. Insurance $2,500. 
Occupied by Donovan & McComack, iron and brass foundry. 

Loss $8,000. Insurance $5,000. 
Fire originated near the furnace, extended to the entire building. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 21. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 21. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 12, 13, 14, 17, 21, 23, 24 ; Hose No. 7 ; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 4, 7. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Thursday. Cor. Montgomery and Clarendon Streets. One-story brick 

7th. building, 22 X 29. 

10.09 p.m. Owned by Smith & Co. 

Box 71. Occupied by Smith & Co., organ factory. 

Fire originated in engine-room. 
Caused by sparks from the boiler. 
First company at fire, Chemical Engine No. 2. 
First water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 2. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 7, 10, 13, 22, 23, 25, 26; 
Hose Nos. 2, 5; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 
8 ; Chemical Engine Nos. 1 and 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Saturday. Depot Square. Three-story brick building, 60 X 40. 

9th. Owned by George Eopes. 

7.15 a.m. Loss $100. Insurance $20,000. 

Box 13. Occupied by C. A. J. Farrar, " West Roxbury Gazette office." 

W. Roxbury. Loss $25. Insurance $6,000. 

Fire originated in basement. 
Cause, accidental. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 28. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 28. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 14, 28; Hook and Ladder No. 10; 
Chemical Engine No. 5. 
Asst. Engineer Hewins in command. 



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January. 

Saturday. 

9th. 

9.54 a.m. 

Box 213. 



Kemble St., Highlands. One-story wooden building, 18 X 10. 

Owned by C. E. Marston. 

Occupied hy C. E. Marston, fire-works factory. 
Fire originated on first floor. 
Caused by sparks from driving nails. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 12, 13, 14, 21, 23, 24; Hose No. 
7; Hook and Ladder No. 4. 

Asst. Engineer Munroe in command. 



Saturday. No. 53 Cambridge St. Eour-story brick building, 30 X 20. 

9th. Owned by Mr. Osborn. 

11.10 a.m. Occupied by E. G. Morse, dry and fancy goods store. 

Still alarm. Eire originated in cellar, under the sidewalk. 

Caused by a gas man trying to find a leak in gas-pipe with a lighted 

match. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Extinguished by Chemical Engine No. 1. 
Eoreman Cheswell in command. 

Saturday. No. 28 Pitts St. Three-story brick dwelling, 40 X 20. 

9th. Owned by Albert Brown. 

11.50 a.m. Occupied by G. H. Winslow. 

Still alarm. Eire originated in a closet on third floor. 
Cause unknown. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Extinguished with pails of water. 
Companies called, Engine No. 4 ; Hook and Ladder No. 1 ; Chemi- 
cal Engine No. 1. 
Foreman Cheswell in command. 

Saturday. False alarm. 

9th. Given by police. 

0.01 p.m. Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25 and 26; Hose No. 
Box 19. 3 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 ; Chemical 

Engine No. 1. 
Chiee Engineer Green in command. 



Saturday. No. 13 Prentice St., Highlands. Two-story wooden building, 50 X 
9th. 30. 

2.30 p.m. Owned by James W. Kenney. 

Still alarm. Occupied by John Hardman, grocery and dwelling. 

Fire originated on the stove in kitchen. 
Caused by a kettle of soup getting too hot. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 13. 



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January. 

Saturday. 

9th. 

7.30 p.m. 

Still alarm. 



No. 26 Minot St. Three and one-half story brick dwelling, 33 X 18. 
Owned by Charles Parker. 
Occupied by Mrs. Hickey. 
Fire originated in the attic. 
Caused by setting a lamp against the wall. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 6, and citizens, with pails of 

water. 
'Acting Asst. Foreman Bean in command. 



Sunday. Milton. One and one-half story wooden dwelling, 25 X 25. 

10th. Owned by H. P. Roberts. 

4.45 a.m. Occupied by H. P. Roberts. 

Box 353. Fire originated on second floor, extended to roof. 
Cause, defective flue. 

Alarm given by citizen in response to a call for help from Milton. 
Companies called, Engine Nos. 16, 18 and 19] Hook and Ladder 
No. 6. 
Asst. Engineer Hewins in command. 



Sunday. 

10th. 

6.28 a.m. 

Still alarm. 



No. 1 Mystic St. Two-story wooden dwelling, 25 X 15. 
Owned by Daniel Flannigan. 



Loss $25. No Insurance. 



Occupied by Daniel Flannigan. 
Fire originated on first floor. 
Cause, soot in chimney. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Hook and Ladder Co. No. 3. 

Foreman Prescott in command. 



Monday. No. 2 Warren Place, Highlands. Two-story brick dwelling, 36 X 30. 

11th. 
7.20 p.m. 



Still alarm. 



Owned by Mrs. F. M. Sabine. 
Occupied by Mrs. Hamblin. 



Loss $50. Insurance $4,000. 
Loss $20. No Insurance. 



Fire originated in the basement. 
Cause, defective furnace. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 12, with pails of water. 

Asst. Engineer Munroe in command. 



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January. 

Tuesday. 

12th. 

7.40 a.m. 

Box 23. 

Charlestown. 



Gage's Wharf. Two-story building, 100 X 20. 

Owned by Gage & Co. 

Occupied by Gage & Co. 
Fire originated on second floor. 
Cause, carelessness. 
First company at fire, Hose No. 3. 

Extinguished with buckets of water. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine No. 27; Hose Nos. 
Ladder No. 9. 

Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 



3, 4; Hook and 



Tuesday. No. 13 Waltham St. Three and one-half story brick dwelling, 

12th. 28 X 22. 

10.44 a.m. Owned by Phil. Sullivan. 

Still alarm. Occupied by Phil. Sullivan. 



Loss $7i 
Fire originated in the attic. 
Cause unknown. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Hook and Ladder Co. No. 3. 

Asst. Foreman Smith in command. 



Insurance 



Tuesday. Hampshire St., Highlands. Two-story wooden dwelling, 30 X 18. 

12th. Owned by M. F. McGettrick. 

4.50 p.m. Occupied by Timothy McCarthy. 

Still alarm. Fire originated on first floor, extended to second. 
Caused by thawing out water-pipes. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 13. 
Foreman Freeman in command. 



Thursday. Alger St., South Boston. One-story wooden building, 60 X 30. 

14th. Owned by P. B. Lincoln. 

5.30 a.m. Loss $200. Insurance $1,400. 

Still alarm. Occupied by R. B. Lincoln, iron foundry. 

Fire originated on first floor, extended to roof. 
Cause, overheated furnace. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 10. 
Foreman Greenleaf in command. 



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January. 
Tuesday. 

14th. 
1.51 P.M. 
Box 126. 



No. 346 E St., South Boston. Three-story wooden building, 40 X 20. 

Owned by Margaret Finnigan. 

Occupied by Cornelius Ryan and otbers, grocery and tenement. 
Fire originated under the counter in the store. 
Caused by child playing with matches. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 1. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 1. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 1, 2, 7 and 15; Hose Nos. 9, 10 and 
12; Hook and Ladder No. 5. 

Asst. Engineer Brown in command. 



Friday. , No. 129 East Dover St. Three-story brick building, 30 X 18. 

15th. Owned by Samuel A. Rice. 

5.09 p.m. Occupied by Mr. Bornhart, second-hand clothing. 

Still alarm. Fire originated on basement floor, extended to first. 
Caused by plumbers thawing out water-pipes. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 3. 
Foreman Hines in command. 



Friday. No. 44 Travers St. Three-story wooden building, 50 X 50. 

15th. Owned by Mr. Hoyt. 

5.10 p.m. Occupied by Dee Bros., furniture establishment. 

Still alarm. Boss $ 25. Insurance $1,000. 

Fire originated on second floor. 
Caused by the boiling over of a kettle of shellac. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Extinguished by Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1. 
Foreman Bickford in command. 



Saturday. South St., Commercial Point, Ward 16. Two and one-half story 
16th. wooden dwelling, 30 X 20. 

7.27 p.m. Owned by John Preston. 

Box 341. Occupied by Plunkett & Welch. 

Fire originated in the chimney. 
Caused by soot taking fire. 
Alarm given by boys. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 16, 17, 18 and 20; Hook and Ladder 
Nos. 6 and 7. 
Asst. Engineer Hewins in command. 



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January. 
Sunday. 

17th. 

2.43 a.m. 

Box 5. 



No. 166 Merrimac St. Three and one-half story brick building-, 
50 X 25. 
Owned by George Russell. 
Occupied by Henry Johnson, liquor saloon. 
Fire originated on first floor. 
Cause, overheated stove. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 6. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 6. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10 and 25 ; Hose No. 3 ; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 ; Chemical 
Engine No. 1 ; Fire Boat. 
Asst. Engineer Abbott in command. 



Monday. 

18th. 
10.45 a.m. 
Still alarm. 



No. 6 Ward Court, South Boston, 
dwelling, 35 X 18. 
Owned by Charles Johnston. 

Occupied by Charles Johnston. 

Fire originated on the first floor. 

Caused by thawing out water-pipes. 

Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Hose Co. No 
Driver Stone in command. 



Two and one-half story wooden 



Loss $50. Insurance $1,400. 



10. 



Monday. No. 21 Salutation St. Two and one-half story wooden dwelling, 

18th. 25 X 15. 

8.45 p.m. Occupied by Mrs. Leggett. 

Still alarm. Fire originated on cellar floor. 

Caused by thawing out water-pipes. 
Alarm given by citizens. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 8, with buckets of water. 
Foreman Childs in command. 



Monday. False alarm. 

18th. Box found open. 

10.12 p.m. Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 25, 26; Hose Nos. 2 
Box 37. and 3 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 ; 

Chemical Engine No. 1 ; Fire Boat. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



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January. 
Tuesday. 

19th. 

7.15 A.M. 

Still alarm. 



Tuesday. 

19th. 

6.23 p.m. 

Box 214. 

6.28 p.m. 

Second alarm. 



No. 77 Bolton St., South Boston. Three-story wooden dwelling, 
32 X 18. 



Loss $15. Insurance $2,500. 
Loss $25. No Insurance. 



Owned by Peter Shneider. 

Occupied by Peter Shneider. 
Fire originated in a bed. 
Cause unknown. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 9, with buckets of water. 

Driver Gowen in command. 

No. 1630 Washington St. Three-story wooden building, 30 X 30. 
Owned by Upham heirs. 

Loss $500. Insurance $7,500. 
Occupied by A. W. Griffith, grocery store. 

Loss $350. Insurance $3,500. 
Fire originated in the attic. 
Caused by the explosion of a kerosene lamp. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 23. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 23. 
Alarms given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 12, 13, 14, 21, 22, 23, 24; Hose 
Nos. 5 and 7 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3 and 
4 ; Chemical Engine No. 3. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Tuesday. Freight Yard, Leverett St. Freight car. 
Owned by Boston and Lowell Railroad. 



Loss $25. No Insurance. 



19th. 
7.27 p.m. 
Still alarm. Fire originated in the car. 

Caused by an overheated stove. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 6, with pails of water. 
Asst. Foreman Whitehead in command. 

Tuesday. Nos. 48 and 50 Commercial St. Four-story brick building, 60 X 25. 

19th. Owned by L. L. Thaxter. 

11.56 p.m. Loss $800. Insurance $10,000. 

Box 15. Occupied by W. G. Bell & Co., salt provisions. 

Loss $1,719. Insurance $14,500. 
Fire originated on third floor. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Hook and Ladder No. 8. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 25. 
Alarm given by police. 
, CoiMPAnies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 25, 26 ; Hose No. 3 ; Hook 
and Ladder Nos. 1, 8; Chemical Engine 
No. 1 ; Fire Boat. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



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January. 

Wednesday. 

20th. 

12.40 p.m. 

Still alarm. 



Washington St. Seven-story brick building, 123 X 54. 

Owned by Calvin A. Richards. 

Occupied by Messrs. Brockaway, "Metropolitan Hotel. 
Eire originated on second floor. 
Cause, a defective hearth. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 3. 

Eoreman Hines in command. 



Thursday. No. 189 Hanover St. Three-story brick building, 40 X 40. 

21st. Owned by John Miller. 

10.40 a.m. Loss $100. Insurance $4,000. 

Box 17. Occupied by John Miller, liquor store. 

Eire originated in the basement. 
Cause, gas explosion. 
Eirst company at fire, Engine No. 8. 
Eirst water on fire, Engine No. 8. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 25, 26; Hose No. 3; Hook 
and Ladder Nos. 1, 8; Chemical Engine 
No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Thursday. No. 9 Fabin St. Three-story wooden dwelling, 30 X 20. 
21st. Owned by Wm. Cullen. 

4.20 p.m. Occupied by Wm. Cullen. 

Still alarm. Caused by the burning out of a foul chimney. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 5. 
Driver Lovell in command. 



Eriday. No. 130 North St. Eive-story granite building, 85 X 45. 

22d. Owned by Earrar, Follett & Co. 

3.03 a.m. Loss $50. Insurance $30,000. 

Box 13. Occupied by Earrar, Eollett & Co., tin-plate and sheet iron. 

Loss $100. Insurance $90,000. 
Eire originated in the basement. 
Caused by thawing out water-pipes. 
Eirst company at fire, Engine No. 8. 
Eirst water on fire, Engine No. 8. 
Alarm given by police. 
Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 25, 26 ; Hose No. 3 ; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1,8; Chemical En- 
gine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 




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January. 

Friday. 

22d. 

10.00 A.M. 

Still alarm. 



No. 87 Paris St., East Boston. Two and one-half story wooden 
dwelling, 30 X 20. 
Owned by John Leavitt. 



Loss 

Occupied by George Scott. 
Fire originated on lower floor. 
Caused by thawing out water-pipes. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 9. 

Asst. Engineer Dunbar in command. 



Insurance $1,500. 



Friday. Snow's Wharf, Shaving St. Two-story wooden building, 90 X 

22d. 30. 

0.19 p.m. Owned by Freeman, Knowles & Co. 

Box 56. Loss $2,250. Insurance $4,000. 

Occupied by Freeman, Knowles & Co., smoke-house. 

Loss $4,900. Insurance $4,200. 
Fire originated on first floor, extended to roof. 
Caused from oven used in smoking fish. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 7. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 7. 
Alarm given by private watchman. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 7, 10, 15, 25, 26; Hose Nos. 
2,3,5,9; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1,3, 8; 
Chemical Engine Nos. 1, 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Friday. No. 94£ Utica St. Four-story brick building, 65 X 25. 
22d. Owned by Wm. Evans. 

11.37 p.m. Loss $250. No Insurance. 

Box 56. Occupied by Thomas Bond, wood-worker. 

Occupied by W. H. Jacobs & Co., machinists. 

Occupied by Beal & Peach, furniture. 

Occupied by Eichardson & Irvin, sash and blinds. 

Loss $1,050. Insurance $5,000. 
Fire originated on second floor, extended to fourth. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Hose No. 2. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 7. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 7, 10, 15, 25, 26 ; Hose Nos. 2. 
3, 5, 9; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 3, 8 ; 
Chemical Engine Nos. 1 and 2 ; Fire Boat. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



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January. 

Saturday. 

23d. 

3.08 a.m. 

Box 321. 



Sagamore St., Ward 16. Two-story wooden dwelling, 36 X 18. 

Owned by Micah Dyer. 

Loss $100. Insurance $2,000. 

Occupied by Miss R. Foley and F. Ordway. 

Loss $200. Insurance $2,100. 
Fire originated in the attic. 
Caused, by the explosion of a kerosene lamp. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 17. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 17. 
Alarm given by police. 
Companies called, Engine Nos. 17, 18, 21 ; Hook and Ladder No. 7. 

Asst. Engineer Munroe in command. 



Insurance $10,000. 
Insurance $10,000. 



Saturday. Nos. 9 and 10 India St. Four-story brick building, 50 X 35. 

23d. Owned by Mr. Pickering. 

10.02 a.m. Loss $150. 

Box 37. Occupied bj* C. E. Folsom & Co., paints, etc. 

Loss $300. 
Fire originated in the basement. 
Caused by thawing out water-pipes. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 25. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 25. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 25, 26 ; Hose Nos. 2, 
3; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 ; Chemi- 
cal Engine No. 1 ; Fire Boat. 
Asst. Engineer Cunningham in command. 



Saturday. Rear 29 Tileston St. Two and one-half story wooden dwelling, 

23d. 20 X 15. 

11.05 a.m. Owned by Emerson heirs. 

Still alarm. Occupied by Mr. Lambert. 

Loss $20. No Insurance. 
Fire originated on second floor. 
Cause, children playing with matches. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 8, with pails of water. 
Foreman Childs in command. 



Saturday. No. 31 Province St. Three-story brick building, 35 X 25. 
23d. Owned by Benjamin Thayer. 

7.36 p.m. Occupied by Weston & Putnam, paint and carpenter's shop. 

Box 41. Loss $200. No Insurance. 



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January. 



City Document. — No. 96. 



Fire originated on second floor. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 4. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 4. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26 ; Hose Nos. 2, 
and 3; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8; 
Chemical Engine Nos. 1 and 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Sunday. No. 304 Athens St., South Boston. Three-story wooden dwelling, 

24th. 30 X 20. 

9.41 a.m. Owned by Ezra Baker. 

Box 126. Loss $250. Insurance $2,500. 

Occupied by Joseph Machado. 
" " John Traverse. 

Loss $50. No Insurance. 
Eire originated on second floor, extended to roof. 
Cause, defective flue. 
First company at fire, Hose No. 9. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 9. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 1, 2 7, 15; Hose Nos. 9, 10, 12; 
Hook and Ladder No. 5. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Sunday. No. 70 West Cedar St. Four and one-half story brick building, 

24th. 50 X 25. 

6.11 p.m. Owned by J. K. Wiggin. 

Box 26. Occupied by J. K. Wiggin, boarding-house. 

Loss $25. Insurance $5,000. 
Fire originated in cellar. 
Cause, carelessness. 
First company at fire, Hose No. 3. 

Extinguished with buckets of water. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 8, 10, 25; Hose No. 3; Hook 
and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 ; Chemical En- 
gine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Qreen in command. 



Sunday. Cor. Parkman and N. Grove Sts. Two and one-half story brick 

24th. stable. 

11.05 p.m. Owned by the Parkman heirs. 

Box 25. Occupied by Charles Deane. 






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January. 

No Fire. 

Alarm given by citizen, on account of roof falling in ; the depart- 
ment assisted in removing horses and harnesses. 
Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 8, 10, 25; Hose No. 3; Hook 
and Ladder No. 1 ; Chemical Engine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Monday. Rear 1 Davenport St., Highlands. Two-story brick building, 

25th. 75 X 30. 

[2.30 p.m. Owned by Joseph Sherrer. 

Still alarm. Loss $50. Insurance $5,000. 

Occupied by Mary Patterson, dwelling. 

" " G. T. Withington & Co., stable. 
Eire originated on first floor, extended to second. 
Caused by thawing out water-pipes. 
Alarm given by police. 

Extinguished by Hose No. 7. 

Asst. Engineer Colligan in command. 



Monday. No. 7 Parkman St. Three-story wooden building, 30 X 25. 

25th. Owned by A. Amerchein. 

6.00 p.m. Occupied by M. Watchler, bakery and dwelling. 

Box 24. _ Loss $50. Noinsurance. 

Eire originated on third floor. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Hose No. 3. 
Extinguished with pails of water. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 8, 10 and 25 ; Hose No. 3 ; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 ; Chemical 
Engine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Monday. Rear of Dorrance St. Two-story wooden building, 150 X 20. 

25th. Owned by Mr. Chipman. 

7.45 p.m. Loss $400. Insurance $12,000. 

Box 6. Occupied by Mr. Chipman, carpet-lining factory 

Charlestown. Fire originated on second floor. 
Cause accidental. 

First company at fire, Hose No. 2. 
First water on fire by Mr. Chipman's men. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine No. 27; Hose Nos 
and Ladder No. 9. 
Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 



1, 2, 3 and 4; Hook 




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January. 

Monday. 

25th. 

9.35 p.m. 

Box 15. 

9.52 p.m. 

Second alarm. 



Nos. 119 to 131 Fulton St. Tour-story brick building, 46 X 21. 
Owned by Silas Pierce. 

Loss $1,745. Insurance $8,000. 
Occupied by Roach, Bradley & Co., furniture factory. 
" " Seaverns & Co., storage. 
" " M. Gleason, " 

Loss $8,485. Insurance $24,500. 
Fire originated on third floor, extended to roof. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 8. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 8. 

Alarm given by police. ' 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 25, 26; Hose 
Nos. 2, 3, 5 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 3, 8 ; 
Chemical Engine No. 1; Fire Boat. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Tuesday. No. 10 Melrose St. Tbree-story brick dwelling, 40 X 20. 

26th. Owned by James A. Heyl. 

10.40 a.m. Occupied by James A. Heyl. 

Still alarm. Fire originated on first floor. 

Caused by thawing out water-pipes. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Chemical Engine Co. No. 2. 
Hoseman W. A. Gaylord in command. 

Thursday. No. 8 Warren Ave. Three and one-half story brick dwelling, 33 X 22. 



28th. 
4.40 p.m. 
Box 71. 



Owned by John L. Gardner. 



Loss $150. No Insurance. 



Occupied by Mrs. E. Allison. 
Fire originated on second floor. 
Cause, overheated stove. 
First company at fire, Hose No. 5. 
First water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 2. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 7, 10, 13, 22, 23, 25, 26; Hose 
Nos. 2, 5; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 8; 
Chemical Engine Nos. 1, 2. 

Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Thursday. No. 265 Washington St. Four-story stone building. 
28th. Owned by heirs of William Dennison. 

7.38 p m. Loss $359. Insurance $20,000. 

Box 42. Occupied by Philip Isaac, infants' furnishing goods. 

Loss $1,500. Insurance $2,500. 
Fire originated on third floor. 
Cause unknown. 



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January. 



Friday. 

29 th. 

5.27 a.m. 

Box 7. 



Friday. 

29th. 
3.15 p.m. 
Box 21. 



Saturday. 

30th. 
5.03 p.m. 
Box 318. 



First company at fire, Engine No. 26. 

First water on fire, Engine No. 26. 

Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26; Hose Nos. 2, 3, 

5 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1,3, 8 ; Chemical 

Engine Nos. 1, 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

No. 12 Allen St. Four-story brick dwelling, 60 X 25. 

Owned by Mrs. Dennie. 

Occupied by Mrs. F. H. Hall. 
Fire originated on first floor. 

Caused by plumbers thawing out water-pipes in water-closet. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 4. 
First water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 1. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 8, 10 ; Hose No. 3 ; Hook and 
Ladder No. 1 ; Chemical Engine No. 1. 

Chief Engineer Green in command. 

No. 96 Court St. Four-story brick building, 40 X 30. 
Owned by heirs of II. G. Shaw. 

Loss $100. Insurance $10,000. 
Occupied by McNeil & Wells, silversmith. 
Occupied by C. H. Haven, advertising card factory. 
Fire originated on third floor. 
Caused by a man hunting for a leak in the gas- pipe with a lighted 

torch. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 4. 
First water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 1. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26 ; Hose No. 
3 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8 ; Chemical En- 
gine No. 1. 

Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Humphrey St., Ward 16. One-story wooden stable, 20 X 15. 

Owned by A. S. Poole. 

Loss $150. Insurance $4,000. 

Occupied by A. S. Poole. 
Fire originated on first floor. 
Caused by smoking out rats. 
First company' at fire, Engine No. 24. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 24. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 17, 18, 21, 24; Hook and Ladder 
Nos. 4, 7, 

Chief Engineer Green in command. 



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January. 

Saturday. 

30th. 

6.30 p.m. 

Still alarm. 



Cambridge St., Brighton. Two and one-half story wooden dwell- 
ing, 45 X 30. 

Owned by Mrs. A. Gunsenhizer. 

Occupied by Mrs. A. Gunsenhizer. 
flRE originated between kitchen and wash-room. 
Cause, defective flue. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Hook and Ladder Co. No. 11. 



Saturday. No. 224 Harrison Ave. Four-story brick dwelling, 48 X 22. 
30th. Owned by Charles Hess. 

9.22 p.m. Loss $300. Insurance $7,000. 

Box 57. Occupied by James Miller. 

Loss $263. Insurance $1,500. 
Fire originated on fourth floor, extended to roof. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Hose No. 2. 
First water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 2. 
Alarm given by individual member. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3,4, 7, 10, 25, 26 ; Hose Nos. 2, 5, 9 ; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 3 and 8 ; Chemical 
Engine Nos. 1 and 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Saturday. No. Ill State St. Four-story brick building, 45 X 20. 

30th. Owned by John W. May. 

10.36 p.m. Loss $300. Insurance $5,000. 

Box 16. Occupied by James Dolliver, restaurant. 

Loss $540. Insurance $3,000. 
Fire originated in basement. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 25. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 25. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 25, 26 ; Hose Nos. 2, 3 ; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 ; Chemical 
Engine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



recapitulation. 

Total number of fires 61 

Confined to one building 60 

Extended to other buildings 1 



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January. 

Estimated loss on buildings $14,436 00 

" " " stock . 28,622 00 

Full insurance on buildings 189,800 00 

" s " " stock . . 178,200 00 

Alarms given by patrol .......... 6 

" " individual members ........ 1 

" " " police 31 

" " " citizens ' 28 

" " " District Telegraph Co. 

Alarms. Telegraph, fires 39 

" " false 3 

" " needless 1 

" still 24 

Total 67 

Buildings, slightly damaged 50 

" considerably damaged ......... 10 

" totally destroyed .......... 1 



Monday. 

1st. 

8.43 p.m. 

Still alarm. 



FEBRUARY. 

No. 147 East Dovek St. Three and one-half story brick dwelling, 
35 X 20. 

Owned by Mr. Teondee. 

Loss $ 10. Insurance $ 500. 

Occupied by Henry Craw. 
Fire originated on first floor. 
Cause unknown. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 3, with pails of water. 

Asst. Engineer Fernald in command. 



Tuesday. No. 99 Second St., South Boston. Two and one-half story wooden. 

2d. tenement, 30 X 25. 

9.45 a.m. Owned by John A. Ryan. 

Still alarm. Occupied by John A. Ryan. 

Fire originated in the ceiling. No loss. 
Cause, defective flue. 
<■ Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 9, with buckets of water, . 
Driver Gowen in command. 
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February. 
Tuesday. 

2d. 
10.49 p.m. 
Box 124. 



No. 169 Broadway, South Boston. Three-story wooden building, 
60 X 60. 
Owned by Kelley & Cole. 

Loss $2,972. Insurance $20,500. 
Occupied by Kelley & Cole, store and dwelling. 

Loss $2,762. Insurance $21,000. 
Fire originated in No. 169, extended to other buildings. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 
First company at fire, Hose No. 9. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 9. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 1, 2, 3, 7, 15; Hose Nos. 9, 10, 12; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 3 and 5. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Tuesday. Minot St., Ward 16. Three-story wooden dwelling, 50 X 30. 

2d. Owned by Cornelius Dacy. 

11.48 p.m. Loss $50. Insurance $5,000. 

Box 342. Occupied by Cornelius Dacy. 

Fire originated in second story. 
Cause, defective flue. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 20. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 16, 17, 20; Hook and Ladder Nos. 
6 and 7. 
Asst. Engineer Munroe in command. 



Wednesday. Rear 49 Everett St., East Boston. One-story wooden building, 
3d. 22 X 15. 

4.40 a.m. Owned by McCallion & Hennessy. 

Box 153. Loss $300. Insurance $900. 

Occupied by McCallion & Hennessy, stable. 

Loss $1,115. No Insurance. 
Fire originated in loft. 
Cadse, supposed incendiary. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 11. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 9. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 5, 9, 11; Hose No. 6; Hook and 
Ladder No. 2 ; Fire Boat. 
Asst. Engineer Dunbar in command. 



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February. 
Wednesday. 
3d. 
6.94a.m. 
Box 156. 
Second alarm. 
6.56 a.m. 



Kelly's Wharf, East Boston. Two and one-half story wooden build- 
ing, 45 X 20. 
Owned by Daniel D. Kelly. 

Loss $300. No Insurance. 
Occupied by Daniel D. Kelly, storage for lumber. 

Loss $2,200. Insurance $750. 
Fire originated on second story, extended to entire building. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 9. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 9. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 25; Hose Nos. 3, 6; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 2, 8; Fire Boat. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Wednesday. Foster's Wharf, Atlantis Ave. One-story wooden building, 
3d. 30 X 12. 

11.45 p.m. Owned by Lovell & Dodge. 

Still alarm. Occupied by Lovell & Dodge, store-house. 

Fire originated on first floor. No loss. 
Caused by lime slaking. 
Alarm given by police. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 25. 
Foreman Frost in command. 

Thursday. Cor. Milk and Devonshire Sts. Eight-story granite building, 
4th. 120 X 110. 

6.59 p.m. Owned by Equitable Insurance Co. of New York. 

Box 45. Unoccupied. In process of erection. 

Fire originated on staging outside of roof. No loss. 
Caused by roofer's fire-pot. 
First company at fire, Hook and Ladder No. 8. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 7, 8, 25, 26 ; Hose Nos. 2, 3 ; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8 ; Chemical En- 
gine Nos. 1, 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Friday. National St., So. Boston. Five-story brick building, 80 X 65. 

5th. Owned by Carney Hospital. 

3.15 p.m. Occupied by Carney Hospital. 

Still alarm. Fire originated in the basement. No loss. 
Caused by rubbish lying on top of boiler. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 1. 
Engineman John Ray in command. 



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February. 

Thursday. Rear Sherman Sq. and Dorrance St. Two and three-story 
4th. wooden building, 200 X 30. 

7.55 p.m. Owned by Cliipman & Co. 

Box 5. Loss $15,000. Insurance $5,000. 

Second alarm. Occupied by Chipraan & Co., carpet-lining factory. 

8.10 p.m. Fire originated in picker room, extended to main building. 
Cliarlestown. Caused by friction of machinery. 
Third alarm. First company at fire, Hose No. 2. 
8.58 p.m. First water on fire by Mr. Chipman's men. 
Box 4. Alarms given by citizens. 

Boston. Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25 and 27 ; Hose Nos. 

1, 2, 3 and 4, and 3 of Boston ; Hook and 
Ladder Nos. 1, 8 and 9; Chemical Engine 
No. 1 ; Fire Boat. 
Accident. Thomas L. Whalen, Hoseman of Engine Co. No. 8, fell 
from a ladder, and was slightly hurt. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Friday. No. 145 Charlestown St. Four-story wood and brick building, 

5th. 40 X 20. 

8.24 p.m. Owned by W. W. Bellows. 

Box 12. Loss $75. Insurance $3,000. 

Occupied by Philip Malone, tin-ware factory. 

Loss $40. Insurance $2,400. 
Fire originated on third floor. 

Cause, supposed to have caught from fire-pot on bench. 
First company at fire, Hook and Ladder .No. 1. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 4. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25 and 26 ; Hose No. 3. 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 ; Chemical 
Engine No. 1. 
Chiee Engineer Green in command. 

Saturday. Lot opposite Boston Forge Works, East Boston. 

6th. Fire originated among some empty sugar-baskets. No loss. 

1.45 a.m. Caused by boys setting them on fire. 
Still alarm. Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Cos. Nos. 9 and 11. 



Sunday. No. 5 Newburn Court, Eoxbury. Two-story wooden building, 

7th. 30 X 20. 

4.45 p.m. Owned by Mrs. Ellen Minch. 

Still alarm. Loss $10. Insurance $700. 

Occupied by several families. Tenement-house. 



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February. 

Fire originated on second floor. 
Cause, defective flue. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 7. 

Foreman Green in command. 

Sunday. Nos. 14 and 16 Ontario St., South Boston. Three-story wooden 

7th. tenement, 60 X 50. 

7.53 p.m. Owned by James Milligan. 

Box 123. Loss $200. Insurance $3,000. 

Occupied by James Milligan. 

Loss $50. No Insurance. 
Fire originated on second floor of No. 14, extended to No. 16. 
Cause, defective flue. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 15. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 10. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 1, 2, 3, 7 and 15; Hose Nos. 9, 10 
and 12 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3 and 5 ; 
Fire Boat. 
Accident. Captain F. M. Hines, Foreman of Engine Co. No. 3, 
had his right hand badly cut by a piece of slate falling from the 
roof. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Sunday. No. 4 Sumner Place, East Boston. Three-story wooden dwelling, 

7th. 30 X 25. 

8.38 p.m. Owned by Thomas H. Harper. 

Box 152. Loss $120. Insurance $2,500. 

Occupied by Richard "Welch. 

Loss $25. Insurance $500. 
Fire originated on second floor, extended to third. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 11. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 11. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 5, 9, 11; Hose No. 6; Hook and 
Ladder No. 2. 
Asst. Engineer Dunbar in command. 



Tuesday. No. 224 Ninth St., So. Boston. Three-story wooden tenement, 

9th. 40 X 25. 

7.15 p.m. Owned by Mrs. McCabe. 

Box 143. Occupied by several families. 

Needless alarm. 



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February. 

Caused by meat cooking upon the stove. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 1, 2, 15, 21; Hose Nos. 9, 10, 12; 
Hook and Ladder No. 5. 
Asst. Engineer Brown in command. 

Wednesday. No. 42 Hudson St. Eour-story brick dwelling, 44 X 18. 
10th. Owned by heirs of Jeremiah Brown. 

6.59 a.m. Loss $243. Insurance $3,000. 

Box 57. Occupied by Mrs. J. Brown. 

Loss $137. Insurance $1,000. 
Eire originated in basement. 

Caused by the explosion of a range, on account of frozen water- 
pipes. 
First company at fire, Hose No. 2. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 2. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 7, 10, 15, 25, 26; Hose Nos. 
2, 5, 9; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3 and 8; 
Chemical Engine Nos. 1 and 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Wednesday. Wales St., Ward 16. Three-story wooden dwelling, 40 X 30. 
10th. Owned by heirs of N. B. Shurtleff. 

3.14 p.m. Loss $25. Insurance $4,500. 

Box 357. Occupied by heirs of N. B. Shurtleff. 

Second alarm. . Loss $50. Insurance $1,000. 

3.22 p.m. Fire originated around the chimney. 
Cause, defective flue. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 18. 

Extinguished without the aid of the department. 
Alarms given by citizens. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 ; Hook and 
Ladder Nos. 6 and 7. 

Wednesday. No. 36 Dover St. Three and one-half story brick building 
10th. 30 X 20. 

8.45 p.m. Owned by Mrs. Dooley. 

Still alarm. Loss $50. Insurance $6,000. 

Unoccupied. 
Fire originated in basement. 

Caused by wood-work being in contact wilh furnace. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 3, with pails of water. 
Foreman Hines in command. 



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February. 

Thursday. No. 8 Church St. Three-story brick dwelling, 30 X 18. 



11th. 

3.50 a.m. 

Still alarm. 



Owned by S. W. Winslow. 



Loss $25. Insurance $3,000. 



Occupied by A. Beckman. 
Eire originated in basement. 
Cause, defective flue. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Chemical Engine Co. No. 2, with buckets of 
water. 

Driver Gaylord in command. * 



Thursday. No. 24 Cornhill. Brick building. 

11th. Owned by Reynolds heirs. 

2.10 p.m. Loss $10. No Insurance. 

Still alarm. Occupied by J. D. Harris, hardware-store. 

Fire originated on first floor. 
Caused by an overheated chimney. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished with pails of water. 
Companies called, Engine No. 4 ; Chemical Engine No. 1. 
Asst. Engineer Abbott in command. 



Friday. Nos. 21 and 23 Porter St., East Boston. Two and one-half story 

12th. wooden dwelling, 25 X 25. 

8.37 a.m. Owned by Stephen Greeley and Edward White. 

Box 162. Occupied by Stephen Greeley and Edward White. 

No fire, except the burning out of a foul chimney. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 5, 9, 11; Hose No. 6; Hook and 
Ladder No. 2 ; Fire Boat. 
Asst. Engineer Dunbar in command. 



Saturday. Cor. D and Fifth Sts., South Boston. One-story brick building, 

13th. 70 X 30. 

8.10 a.m. Owned by E. & F. King & Co. 

Still alarm. Occupied by E. & F. King & Co., varnish factory. 

Fire originated among some old bags. No loss. 
Cause, sparks from furnace. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 9. 
Driver Gowen in command. 



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February. 
Saturday. 

13th. 
7.18 p.m. 
Box 65. 



No. 18 Davis St. Four-story brick dwelling, 22 X 54. 
Owned by Thomas Harrahan. 

Loss §50. Insurance $5,000. 
Occupied by Thomas Harrahan. 
Fire originated in the basement. 
Caused by thawing out water-pipes. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 3. 
First water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 2. 
Alarm giyen by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 7, 15, 25, 26; Hose Nos. 2, 5, 
9 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3 and 8 ; Chemi- 
cal Engine Nos. 1 and 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Sunday. 

14th. 
8.41 p.m. 
Box 13. 



No. 371 Hanover St. Five-story brick dwelling 
Owned by F. McNeil. 



Occupied, by R. Silva. 



Loss .$50. Insurance $5,000. 



Loss 



No Insurance. 



Fire originated in the fifth story. 

Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 8. 

First water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 1, 

Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 25, 26 ; Hose No. 3 ; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8 ; Chemical En- 
gine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



No. 30 Union St. Three-story wooden dwelling, 30 X 20. 
Owned by D. A. Belfour. 



Loss $10. Insurance $5,000. 



Monday. 

15th. 
12.03 p.m. 

Box 13. Occupied by D. A. Belfour. 

Charlestown. Fire originated in second story. 
Cause, overheated stove. 
First company at fire, Hose No. 3. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished with buckets of water. 
Companies called, Engine Nos. 6 and 27; Hose Nos 
Hook and Ladder No. 9. 
Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 



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February. 
Tuesday. 

16th. 
6.36 p.m. 
Box 53. 



Tuesday. 

16th. 

8.20 p.m. 

Still alarm. 



Tuesday. 

16th. 

3.45 p.m. 

Still alarm. 



Wednesday. 

17th. 

0.35 a.m. 

Box 143. 



Insurance $25,000. 
Insurance $4,700. 



No. 9 Boylston Hall, Boylston St., Four-story brick building, 
150 X 50. 
Owned by Boylston Market Association. 

Loss $175. 
Occupied by Carleton & Co., printers. 

Loss $1,731 
Fire originated on second floor. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 26. 
First water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 2. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4,7,8, 10,25,26; Hose Nos. 
2, 3, 5; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 3, 8; 
Chemical Engine Nos. 1, 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

No. 106 Cambridge St. Three-story brick building, 40 X 18. 

Owned by W. A. Prescott. 

Occupied by E. A. Bryant, furnishing goods store. 

Loss $23. Insurance $3,000. 
Fire originated on first floor. 

Caused by goods coming in contact with gas-light in window. 
Alarm given by police. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 4, and police. 

.Foreman Cheswell in command. 

Blue Hill Avenue, Ward 16. One and one-half story wooden build- 
ing, 57 X 20. 

Owned by Charles Tucker. 

Loss $75. No Insurance. 

Unoccupied. 
Fire originated in the second story. 
Caused by an overheated stove-pipe. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 19. 

Engineman Hebard in command. 

Lowland St., So. Boston. One-story wooden building, 30 X 20. 

Owned by C. W. Bruce. 

Loss $35. No Insurance. 

Unoccupied. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 
First company at fire, Hose No. 10. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 10. • 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 1, 2, 15; Hose No. 9, 10, 12; Hook 
and Ladder No. 5. 

Asst. Engineer Brown in command. 



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February. 
Wednesday. Green St. Two and one-half story wooden building, 60 X 50. 
17th. Owned by N. J. Knights. 

7.35 p.m. Loss $1,500. Insurance $6,000. 

Box 13. Occupied by Thomas Lutze, store and dwelling. 

W. Eoxbury. Occupied by W. H. Colbert, store and dwelling. 

8.18 p.m. Occupied by Cook & Brown, store and dwelling. 

Second alarm. Loss $700. Insurance $1,600. 

Box 261. Fire originated on second floor, extended to first and roof. 
Third alarm. Cause unknown. 
8.24 p.m. First company at fire, Engine No. 28. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 28. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 12, 13, 14, 21, 23, 24 and 28; Hose 
No. 7; Hook and Ladder Nos. 4 and 10; 
Chemical Engine Nos. 4 and 5. 
Asst. Engineer Colligan in command. 



Wednesday. 
17th. 
8.40 p.m. 
Box 153. 



E. R. R. Wharf, East Boston. Brig " Constantine. 
Owned by J. A. Brown and others. 



Loss 



No Insurance. 



Occupied by Captain Ryder. 



Loss $75. No Insurance. 



Fire originated in the cabin. 
Cause, overheated stove. 
First company at fire, Fire Boat. 
First water on fire, Fire Boat. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 5, 9 and 11 ; Hose No. 6 ; Hook and 
Ladder No. 2 ; Fire Boat. 
Asst. Engineer Ddnbar in command. 

Friday. No. 656 Harrison Avenue. Three-story brick building, 50 X 30. 

19th. Owned by Mrs. I. W. Wolcott. 

10.15 p.m. Loss $25. Insurance $18,000. 

Still alarm. Occupied by Wm. Wolfe, hat-factory. 

Fire originated on first floor. 
Cause, overheated pipe. 
Alarm given by police. 

Extinguished by Hook and Ladder Co. No. 3. 
Foreman Prescott in command. 



Friday. Centre St., Ward 16. Two-story wooden dwelling, 35 X 24. 

19th. Owned by John Fitzgibbons. 

11.39 p.m. Loss $75. Insurance $1,800. 

Box 356. Occupied by James McDermott. 



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February. 



Fire originated between floor and ceiling. 
Cause, rats supposed to be gnawing matches. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 18. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 18. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 16, 17, 18 and 19; Hook and 
Ladder Nos. 6 and 7. 
Asst. Engineer Munroe in command. 



Saturday. Springfield St. Four-story brick building, 91 X 60. 
20th. Owned by the City of Boston. 

8.20 p.m. Loss $900. No Insurance. 

Box 86. Occupied by the City of Boston, school-house. 

Fire originated in the basement, extending to first floor. 
Cause, overheated furnace. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 23. 
First water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 2. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 12, 13, 14 and 23; Hose No. 5; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 3 and 4; Chemical 
Engine No. 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Saturday. No. 48 Long Wharf. Three-story wood and slate building, 60 X 28. 

20th. Owned by Miss Hinchman. 

9.00 a.m. Occupied by Pendleton & Rose, ship-chandler store. 

Still alarm. Fire originated in the cellar. No loss. 
Cause, gas explosion. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by crew of Fire Boat. 
Capt. Scott in command. 



Monday. No. 728 Parker St., Highlands. Three-story wooden dwelling, 45 X 

22nd. 45. 

8.45 p.m. Owned by heirs of S. A. Way. 

Still alarm. Occupied by Walter H. French. 

Fire originated in basement near furnace. No loss. 
Caused by placing wood near the furnace. 
Alarm given by police. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 13. 
Foreman Freeman in command. 




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February. 
Tuesday. 

23d. 

1.40 a.m. 

Still alarm. 



Wednesday. 

24th. 

7.35 a.m. 

Still alarm. 



Wednesday. 

24th. 

8.04 a.m. 

Box 73. 



Wednesday. 

24th. 

3.31 p.m. 

Box 215. 



No. 342 Washington St. Five-story granite and brick building, 
70 X 60. 

Owned by A. Wentworth. 

Occupied by George E. Wyeth, hat and cap store. 
Fire originated in cellar. No loss. 
Cause unknown. 
Alarm given by police. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 26. 

Foreman Knox in command. 

Cor. Broadway and A St., So. Boston. Four-story wooden build- 
ing, 50 X 25. 

Owned by Goounow heirs. 

Occupied by T. O'Brien, grocery store and dwelling. 
Fire originated in store, slight damage. 
Cause, careless use of kerosene. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 15. 

Engineman Fitzgerald in command. 

No. 26 Hanson St. Three-story brick dwelling, 36 X 20. 
Owned by Mr. Finigan. 

Loss $15. Insurance $4,000. 
Occupied by M. C. Lord. 
Fire originated in the bath-room under the floor. 
Cause, rats and matches. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 12, 13 and 23; Hose Nos. 2 and 
5 ; Hook and Ladder No 3 ; Chemical Engine 
No. 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



No. 46 Kendall St., Roxbury. 
18. 
Owned by James Rostines. 



Three-story brick dwelling, 36 X 



Loss $75. Insurance $3,000. 



Occupied by A. Alexander. 

Occupied by Mark Signer. 

Loss $150. Insurance 
Fire originated in a closet on first floor. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 23. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 23. 
Alarm given by police. 
Companies called^ Engine Nos. 12, 13, 14, 23, 24; Hose No. 7; Hook 

and Ladder No. 4 ; Chemical Engine No. 3. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



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February. 

Wednesday. No. 85 Court St. 



Five-story brick building, 100 X 35. 



24th. Owned by Minot heirs. 

3.40 p.m. Loss $1 50. Insurance $20,000. 

Box 21. Occupied by " Oriental Tea Co." 

Loss $4,242. Insurance $45,000. 
Fire originated in the basement. 
Cause, cooling coffee. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 4. 
First water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 1. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26; Hose No. 3; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8 ; Chemical En- 
gine No.l. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Thursday. Cor. Washington St. and Chestnut Hill Ave., Brighton. 
25th. Four-story brick building. 

8.40 p.m. Owned by National Bank of Brighton. 

Still alarm. Unoccupied. 

Fire originated in the cellar. No damage. 
Caused by the slaking of lime. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 29. 
Asst. Engineer Holbrook in command. 



Saturday. Nos. 217 and 219 North St. Four-story brick building, 90 X 30. 

27th. Owned by Mrs. Annie E. Barnes. 

3.03 a.m. Loss $1,200. Insurance $9,500. 

Box 13. Occupied by Wilkins & Harding, cabinet-makers. 

Occupied by J. Mansfield, sole manufacturer. 
Occupied by Hallet & Co. curled hair mattrasses. 
Occupied by Highland & Mcintosh, storage. 
Occupied by George Dooley, tenement. 

Loss $4,360. Insurance $14,100. 
Fire originated on second story, extended to roof. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 8. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 8. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 25, 26 ; Hose No. 3 ; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8 ; Chemical En- 
gine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



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February. 
Saturday. 

27th. 
0.55 p.m. 
Box 61. 



No. 86 Warrenton St. Three-story wooden tenement, 33 X 30. 

Owned by James W. Garland. 

Occupied by Ashton L. Cook. 
Tire originated on first floor. Slight damage. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Chemical Engine No. 2. 
First water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 2. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 7, 10, 22, 25 and 26 ; Hose 
Nos. 2 and 5; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3 and 
8 ; Chemical Engine Nos. 1 and 2. 

Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Sunday. 

28th. 
2.13 p.m. 
Box 246. 



One and one-half story wooden 



Loss $2,500. Insurance 



No. 386 Longwood Ave., Roxbury. 
building, 40 X 35. 
Owned by A. S. Ripley. 

Occupied by A. S. Ripley. 

Loss $3,500. Insurance $1,000. 
Fire originated on first floor, extended to entire building. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Chemical Engine No. 3. 
First water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 3. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 13, 14 and 22 ; Hose No. 7 ; Hook 
and Ladder No. 4 ; Chemical Engine No. 3. 

Asst. Engineer Colligan in command. 



recapitulation. 

Total number of fires 44 

Confined to one building .......... 43 

Extended to other buildings 1 

Estimated loss on buildings . . . , . ' . . . $26,375 00 

" " stock . 21,187 00 

Full insurance on buildings 162,400 00 

" " " stock 93,850 00 

Alarms given by patrol 2 

" " " individual members 

" " " police ... - 21 

" " " citizens 29 

" " " District Telegraph Co j 



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215 



February. 

Alarms. Telegraph, fires 32 

" " false 

" " needless . . . .... . . . 2 

" still , • ' . 18 

Total 52 

Buildings slightly damaged . 36 

" considerably damaged 6 

" totally destroyed .......... 2 



31 ARCH. 

Tuesday. No. 34 B St., So. Boston. Three-story wooden tenement, 40 X 20. 

2d. Owned by W. J. & G. H. Keefe. 

11.15 a.m. Occupied by several families. 

Box 129. Damage slight. 

Fire originated in the basement. 
Caused by an old mat hung over the stove to dry. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 1, 2, 3, 7, 15 and 21 ; Hose Nos. 9, 
10 and 12; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3 and 5. 
Asst. Engineer Brown in command. 



Wednesday. No. 37 Green St. Five-story wooden building, 40 X 50. 
3d. Owned by Albert Brown. 

6.52 p.m. Boss $2,498. Insurance $7,500. 

Box 23. Occupied by Sherman & Stanwood, hotel. 

" " G. W. Hamlet, cigar-store. 
" " Mr. Atwell, fruit-store. 

Loss $920. Insurance $8,700. 
Fire originated on third floor, extended to the roof. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Chemical Engine No. 1. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 4. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25 and 26; Hose No. 
3 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 ; Chemical 
Engine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Wednesday. No. 9 Decatur St., Cliarlestown. Three-story wooden dwelling, 
3d. 30 X 20. 

9.40 p.m. Owned by M. Cleary. 

Still alarm. Occupied by M. Cleary. 



216 City Document. — No. 96. 

March. 

Eire originated on first floor. 

Caused by the explosion of a kerosene lamp. 

Damage slight. 

Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 4, with buckets of water. 

Foreman Getchell in command. 

Wednesday. First St., between K and L, So. Boston. Two-story wooden 
3d. building, 300 X 170, 250 X 170, and 30 X 20. 

10.30 p.m. Owned by Hodge, Coolidge & Co. 

Box 136. Loss $22,000. Insurance $17,139. 

Second alarm. Occupied by Hodge, Coolidge & Co., chemical works. 

10.40 p.m. Loss $46,870. Insurance $33,361. 

Eire originated on first floor, extended to adjoining building. 
Cause, explosion of gas. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 2. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 2. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 1, 2, 3, 7, 15 and 21; Hose Nos. 2, 
5, 9, 10 and 12 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3 and 
5 ; Chemical Engine No. 2 ; Fire Boat. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Wednesday. No. 36 Water St., Charlestown. Three-story wooden building, 
3d. 60 X 30. 

11.30 p.m. Owned by E. A. Ward. 

Box 21. Loss $400. Insurance $2,000. 

Charlestown. , Occupied by F. O. Kittredge, corn-husk stripping. 

11.31 p.m. Occupied by Reagan & Lippincott, furniture factory. 

Second alarm. Loss $5,700. Insurance $4,300. 

Box 4. Fire originated on the first floor, extended to second floor. 
Boston. Cause, supposed incendiary. 

First company at fire, Hose No. 3. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 3. 
Alarms given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 8, 10, 25, 27; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 
3/ 4, and 3 of Boston ; Hook and Ladder 
Nos. 1, 8, 9 ; Chemical Engine No. 1 ; Fire 
Boat. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Friday. No. 360 Second St., South Boston. 
5th. 40 X 20. 

10.39 p.m. Owned by Mr. Miller. 

Box 142. Occupied by several families. 



Three-story wooden tenement, 



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March. 



Damage slight. 

Fire originated in the third story. 

Cause, supposed to have caught from matches in clothing. 
Alarm given hy citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 1, 2, 3, 7, 15; Hose Nos. 9, 10, 12; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 5. 
Asst. Engineer Brown in command. 



Two-story wooden building, 



Saturday. No. 637 Main St., Charlestown. 

6th. 75 X 40. 

12.25 a.m. Owned by T. A. Shedd. 

Box 5. Loss $150. Insurance $1,000. 

Charlestown. Occupied by T. A. Shedd, cracker bakery. 

0.40 a.m. Loss $1,275. Insurance $2,850. 

Second alarm. Eire originated in water-closet on second floor. 
Box 4. Cause, accidental. 
Boston. First company at fire, Hose No. 2. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 2. 
Alarms given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25, 27; Hose Nos. 1,, 
2, 3, 4 and 3 of Boston ; Hook and Ladder 
Nos. 1, 8, 9; Chemical Engine No. 1; Fire 
Boat. 
Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 



Saturday. No. 183 Bremen St., East Boston. Three-story wooden buildin 
0th. 50 X 25. 

3.47 a.m. Owned by Thomas Kenney. 

Box 163. Loss $425. Insurance $1,300. 

Occupied by Thomas Kenney, cooper's shop. 

Loss $100. Insurance $600. 
Fire.originated on first floor, extended to second. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 9. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 9. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 5, 9, 11; Hose No. 6; Hook and 
Ladder No. 2. 
Asst. Engineer Dunbar in command. 



Saturday. No, 73 Dover St. Three and one-half story brick building, 30 X 20. 
6th. Owned by William Sheaf. 

2.10 p.m. Loss $10. Insurance $1,500. 

Still alarm. Occupied by V. Harding, "Valentine Club." 

Loss $75. Insurance $2,000. 
15 



218 City Document. — No. 96. 

March. 

Fire originated in a bed in the third story. 
Cause unknown. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 3, with an Extinguisher. 

Asst. Foreman Riley in command. 



Saturday. Corner K and Eirst Sts., So. Boston. Eive-story brick and 

6th. wood building, 100 X 40. 

5.27 p.m. Owned by George & Proctor. 

Box 136. Occupied by George & Proctor, cooper's shop. 

Loss small. 

Eire originated in a pile of hoops. 
Cause, caught from the furnace. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 1, 2, 15; Hose Nos. 9, 10, 12; 
Hook and Ladder No. 5. 
Asst. Engineer Brown in command. 



Monday. Lamartine St. Two-story wooden building, 30 X 20. 

8th. Owned by Wm. Mathews, Jr. 

2.05 a.m. Loss $1,000. No Insurance. 

Box 14. Occupied by Wm. Mathews, Jr., barn. 

W. Eoxbury. Loss $1,500. No Insurance. 

Cause, supposed incendiary. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 28. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 28. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 14, 28 ; Hook and Ladder No. 10 ; 
Chemical Engine No. 5. 
Call Engineer Rogers in command. 



Monday. No. 1 Corey Court, Charlestown. Two-story wooden dwelling, 

8th. 30 X 22. 

10.45 a.m. Owned by Robert Dowd. 

Still alarm. Loss $50. Insurance $1,000. 

Occupied by Robert Dowd. 
Fire originated in woodwork around the chimney, extended to roof. 
"Cause, defective flue. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 4, with buckets of water. 
Foreman Getchell in command. 






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March. 

Wednesday. 

10th. 

2.12 a.m. 

Box 74. 



No. 1266 "Washington St. Four-story brick building, 30 X 22. 
Owned by Daniel Chamberlin. 
Occupied by Mrs. E. Ernes, hotel. 
Damage trifling. 

Fire originated under the sink in the basement. 
Cause unknown. 
First company at fire, Hose No. 5. 

Extinguished by Hook and Ladder Co. No. 3, with buckets: of 
water. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 12, 13, 23; Hose No. S.j Hook 
and Ladder Nos. 3, 4; Chemical Engine 
No. 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Thursday. No. 65 Meridian St., East Boston. Three-story wooden building! 
11th. 30 X 20. 

4.18 a.m. Owned by Richard B. Dyer. 

Still alarm. Unoccupied. 

Damage small. 

Fire originated on third floor. 
Caused from " Salamander" in drying plastering. 
Alarm given by police. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 9, with buckets of water. 
Asst. Engineer Dunbar in command. 



Friday. No. 819 Broadway, South Boston. Four-story brick dwelling, 

12th. 40 X 20. 

5.25 p.m. Owned by Charles H. Baker. 

Still alarm. Occupied by Charles H. Baker. 

Loss slight. 

Fire originated on the fourth floor. 
Cause, children playing with matches. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 12, with buckets of water. 
Driver Twiss in command. 



Sunday. Cor. Salem and N. Bennett Sts. Four-story brick building, 

14th. 90 X 75. 

5.07 p.m. Owned by Boston Seamen's Friend Society. 

Box 13. Loss $2,365. Insurance $40,000. 

Occupied by Boston Seamen's Friend Society, church and 
sailor's home. 

Loss. $778. Insurance $2,500. 



220 

Maech. 



City Document, — No. 96. 



Fire originated on fourth floor, extended to roof and tower. 

Cadse unknown. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 8. 

First water on fire, Engine No. 8. 

Alarm given by patrol. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 25 and 26; Hose No. 3; 

Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 ; Chemical 

Engine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Tuesday. No. 7 India St. Four-story brick building, 50 X 20. 

16th. Owned by Merriam and others. 

2.58 a.m. Loss $375. Insurance $4,500. 

Box 37. Occupied by Stevens, Lang & Co., varnish factory. 

Loss $280. Insurance $13,500. 
Fire originated under the roof. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Hook and Ladder No. 8. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 25. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 25 and 26 ; Hose Nos. 2 
and 3; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8; 
Chemical Engine No. 1 ; Fire Boat. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Wednesday. No. 180 Cambridge St. Three and one half-story brick dwelling, 
17th. 25 X 18. 

9.30 p m. Owned by Mr. Hood. 

Still alarm. Occupied by Mr. Doyle. 

Fire originated on third floor. Loss small. 
Cause unknown. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 3, with buckets of water 
Driver Ely in command. 



Thursday. Cor. Tremont and Clay Sts., Highlands. Three-story wooden 
1.8th. tenement, 42 X 22. 

0..26 p.m. Owned by Mary A. McGowan. 

Box 245. Loss $250. Insurance $2,000. 

Occupied by Mr. McGormly. 

Loss $50. No Insurance. 
Fire originated on the first floor. 
Cause, shavings near the stove. 



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March. 



First company at fire, Engine No. 13. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 12, 13, 14, 23, 24; Hose No. 7; 
Hook and Ladder No. 4. 
Asst. Engineer Munroe in command. 



Thursday. Nos. 101 and 103 Friend St. Six-story brick building, 50 X 24. 
18th. Owned by Alpheus Hardy. 

0.59 p. m. Loss $3,446. Insurance $34,500. 

Box 8. Occupied by Sturtevant & Co., furniture factory. 

Second alarm. " " Beal & Hooper, " " 

1.05 p.m. " " Peters & Jones, wood-workers. 

Third alarm. " " C. E. Meyer & Co., picture-frames. 

1.07 p.m. Loss $31,384. Insurance $134,500. 

Fire originated in cellar, extended to second floor. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Hook and Ladder No. 1. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 4. 
Alarms given by patrol. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 22, 25, 26, 27 ; 
Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, C. F. D., and 2, 3, 5, 
10; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 3, 8, 9; 
Chemical Engine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Friday. Sixth St., South Boston. Three-story wooden dwelling, 40 X 30. 

19th. Owned by Fred S. Wright. 

5.14 p.m. Loss $200. Insurance $2,000. 

Box 145. Unoccupied. 

Fire originated on second floor, extended to roof. 
Caused from stoves used in drying plastering. 
First company at fire, Hose No. 12. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 12. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 1, 2, 15; Hose Nos. 9, 10, 12; Hook 
and Ladder No. 5. 
Asst. Engineer Brown in command. 



Saturday. Cor. First and A Sts., South Boston. Two-story brick building, 
20th. 60 X 40. 

1.18 p.m. Owned by Downer Kerosene Oil Co. 

Box 121. Occupied by Downer Kerosene Oil Co. 

Damage slight. 



222 City Document. — No. 96. 

March. 

Fire originated on first floor. 
Cause unknown. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 1, 2, 3, 7, 15; Hose Nos. 9, 10, 12; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 3 and 5 ; Eire Boat. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Sunday. Cor. Main and Lincoln Sts. Three-story wooden building, 50 X 

21st. 20. 

8.55 p.m. Owned by Mr. Stone. 

Box 7. Occupied by several parties, carpenters, plumbers and painters. 

Charlestown. Needless alarm. 

Caused by a man building a fire in a washbowl to warm his hands. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 6, 27; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4; Hook 
and Ladder No. 9. 
Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 



Monday. No. 7 West St. Four and one-half story brick building, 60 X 20. 

22d. Owned by the Codman heirs. 

7.08 a.m. Loss $700. Insurance $5,000. 

Box 39. Occupied by A. Carleton & Co., dealer in hair. 

Occupied by Mais Brothers, wig-makers. 
Occupied by Misses Harmon & Murphy, ladies' hair work. 
Occupied by Miss Dodge, dwelling. 
Occupied by Miss Linscott, dress-maker. 
Occupied by Chang Chang Manufacturing Co. 

Loss $217. Insurance $8,000. 
Fire originated in fourth story, extended to roof. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 26. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 26. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4,7, 8, 10, 25; 26; Hose Nos. 2, 
3, 5 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 3, 8 ; Chemi- 
cal Engine Nos. 1, 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Tuesday. No. 118 E. Dover St. Two-story wooden building, 45 X 35. 

23d. Owned by William Gwynn. 

10.33 p.m. Loss $50. Insurance 

Still alarm. Occupied by William Gwynn, stable. 



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March. 



Fire originated on second floor. 
Cause unknown. 
Alarm given by police. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 3, with hydrant stream and ex- 
tinguisher. 

Foreman Hines in command. 



Wednesday. Pynchon St., Roxbury. Three-story wooden building, 85 X 85. 
24th. Owned by the Metropolitan Railroad Co. 

9.34 p.m. Loss $3,500. Insurance $5,000. 

Box 245. Occupied by the Metropolitan Railroad Co., store-house. 

Loss $17,500. Insurance $30,000. 
Fire originated on second floor, extended over the building. 
. Cause, supposed incendiary. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 14. 
First water on fire, Engine Nos. 13, 14. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 12, 13, 14, 23, 24; Hose No. 7; 
Hook and Ladder No. 4 ; Chemical Engine 
No. 3. 
Asst. Engineer Colmgan in command. 



Friday. No. 2 Cedar St. Three-story brick dwelling, 30 X 20. 

26th. Owned by Mr. Sherburn. 

4.35 p.m. Loss $20. Insurance $3,000. 

Box 41. Occupied by H. L. Ballou. 

Charlestown. Fire originated between tlie ceiling in a closet. 
Cause, rats and matches. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 27. 

Extinguished with buckets of water. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 6, 27; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4; Hook 
and Ladder No. 9. 
Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 



Sunday. Rear 454 Eighth St., South Boston. Two-story wooden tenement, 

28th. 30 X 20. 

7.41 a.m. Owned by P. and J. E. Bowe. 

Box 131. Loss $1,075. Insurance $3,500. 

Occupied by several families. 
Fire originated in cellar, extended to roof. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 2. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 10. 



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March. 



City Document. — No. 96. 



Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 1, 2, 15; Hose Nos. 9, 10, 12; 
Hook and Ladder, Nos. 3, 5. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Sunday. Nos. 213 and 215 Eliot St. Two-story Wooden building, 60 X 53. 

28th. Owned by Catharine Pfaff. 

9.41 p.m. Loss $150. No Insurance. 

Box G2. Occupied by E. and W. Russy, umbrella-makers. 

Occupied by Mrs. Barnard, confectioner. 

Loss $300. Insurance $1,100. 
Eire originated on second floor, extended to roof. 
Cause, gas-jet. 

Eirst company at fire, Chemical Engine No. 2. 
Eirst water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 2. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 7, 10, 22, 25, 26 ; Hose Nos. 
2, 3, 5; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 3, 8 ; 
Chemical Engine Nos. 1, 2. ■ 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Tuesday. No. 187 Webster St., East Boston. Two and one-half story 

30th. wooden dwelling, 35 X 30. 

7.59 p. m. Owned by Mrs. E. A. Webster. 

Box 164. Loss $398. Insurance $2,000. 

Occupied by Mrs. L. Willey. 
" " C. T. Earnum. 

Loss $417. Insurance $500. 
Eire originated in bed-room, extended to second story. 
Caused by throwing a lighted match on the floor. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 11. 
Eirst water on fire, Engine No. 11. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 5, 9, 11; Hose No. 6; Hook arid 
Ladder No. 2 ; Fire Boat. 
Asst. Engineer Dunbar in command. 



Tuesday. Needless alarm. 

30th. Caused by smoke issuing from chimney of Wentworth's Marble 

9.12 p.m. Works. 

Box 12. Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26 ; Hose No. 3 ; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8; Chemical 
Engine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Fire Commissioners' Eeport. 225 

March. 

recapitulation. 

Total number of fires 29 

Confined to one building .......... 28 

Extended to otber buildings . . . . . . . . . 1 

Estimated loss on buildings $39,062 00 

" " " stock 106,588 00 

Full insurance on buildings . . . . • . . . 133,439 00 

" " " stock . . 239,411 00 

Alarms given by patrol ........... 4 

" " " individual members . 0. 

" " " police 19 

" " " citizens 13 

" " " District Telegraph Co. ...... . 

Alarms. Telegraph, fires .......... 27 

" " false 

" " needless 2 

" still 7 

Total "....'.. 36 

Buildings slightly damaged 19 

" considerably damaged . 8 

" totally destroyed 2 



APRIL. 



Friday. No. 116 W. Seventh St. Two and one-half story wooden dwelling, 

2d. 30 X 26. 

9.53 p.m. Owned by Mark Kenney. 

Box 134. Loss $302. Insurance $500. 

Occupied by Mark Kenney. 
Fire originated on first floor, extended to roof. 
Caused by hanging entry lamp too near ceiling. 
First company at fire, Hose No. 10. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 9. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 1, 2 and 15 ; Hose Nos. 9, 10 and 
12 ; Hook and Ladder No. 5. 

Asst. Engineer Brown in command. 



226 



City Document. — No. 96. 



April. 
Saturday. 

3d. 

2.30 p.m. 

Box 17. 

Charlestown. 



Saturday. 

3d. 
10.40 p.m. 
Still alarm. 



Monday. 

5th. 

9.00 p.m. 

Box 34. 

W. Roxbury. 



Tuesday. 

6th. 

6.35 a.m. 

Still alarm. 



Nos. 46 and 50 Lawrence St. Three-story wooden building, 200 X 
50. 
Owned by Amos Brown. 

Loss $175. Insurance $4,000. 
Occupied by Amos Brown, saw-mill and carpenter's-sbop. 

Loss $750. Insurance $14,000. 
Eire originated in the dry-house, extended to mill. 
Cause, supposed friction. 
First company at fire, Hose No. 3. 
First water on fire, Hose No. 1. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 6 and 27; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4; 
Hook and Ladder No. 9. 
Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 

No. 119 South St. Two-story wooden building, 40 X 20. 

Owned bjr Pierce heirs. 

Occupied by Thomas K. Verge, cooper's shop. 

Loss $30. Insurance $2. 
Fire originated on first floor. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 7, with buckets of water 

Asst. Foreman Stoddard in command. 

Weld Ave. Two-story wooden dwelling, 30 X 20. 
Owned by Catharine R. Harlow. 

Loss $500. 
Occupied by M. W. Harlow. 

Loss $50. 
Fire originated in the attic. 
Cause, supposed spontaneous combustion. 
First company at fire, Chemical Engine No. 5. 
First water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 5. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 14 and 28 ; Hook and Ladder No. 
10; Chemical Engine Nos. 4 and 5. 
Asst. Engineer Rogers in command. 

"Crawford House," Brattle St. Six-story stone building, 
100 X 50. 
Owned by Stumcke & Goodwin. 
Occupied by Stumcke & Goodwin, hotel. 
Alarm given by a citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 4, and Chemical Engine No. 1, 

with pails of water. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Insurance $5,000. 
Insurance $1,000. 



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April. 
Wednesday. 
7th. 

6.53 p.m. 

Box 64. 



No. 596 Washington St. Three-story wooden building, 100 X 70. 
Owned by Rube & Sheiburne. 

Loss $450. Insurance $8,000. 
Occupied by Miss Harrington, milliner. 
" " T. Meehan, picture-frames. 
" "A. Davidson, hair-cutter. 
" " Messrs. Green & Co., painters. 

Loss $175. Insurance $3,000. 
Fire originated on third floor, extended to roof. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 
First company at fire, Chemical Engine No. 2. 
First water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 2. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 7, 10, 25 and 26; Hose Nos. 2 
and 5 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3 and 8 ; 
Chemical Engine Nos. 1 and 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Thursday. No. 390 Tremont St. Three-story brick building, 50 X 50. 
8th. Owned by J. H. Sargent. 

7.02 a.m. Loss $50. Insurance $8,000. 

Still alarm. Occupied by Barham & French, stove store. 

" " F. Weld &T. H. Burgess, painters. 

Loss $50. Insurance $4,500. 
Fire originated on second floor. 
Cause, spontaneous combustion. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Chemical Engine No. 2. 
Driver W. A. Gaylord in command. 

Thursday. No. 11 Fifth St. One and one-half story wooden dwelling, 30 X 20. 
8th. Owned by John Gormley. 

3.20 p.m. Occupied by James O'Neil. 

Still alarm. Loss $10. No Insurance. 

Fire originated in the attic. 
Cause, children playing with matches. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 15 and Hose Co. No. 9. 
Foreman John F. Scott in command. 



Thursday. Heath St. Two-story wooden building, 30 X 20. 
8th. Owned by Joseph Nickerson. 

8.48 p.m. Loss $1,000. 

Box 258. Occupied by Joseph Nickerson, hay barn. 

Fire originated at the south end of building. 



Insurance 



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April. 



Cause, supposed incendiary. 

First company at fire, Engine No. 14. 

First water on fire, Engine No. 14. 

Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 13, 14, 22; Hose No. 7; Hook and 

Ladder No. 4 ; Chemical Engine No. 3 ; 

"Brookline No. 1." 
Asst. Engineer Colligan in command. 



Thursday. Quincy. 

8th. Alarm given in response to a call for help. 

10.54 p.m. Companies called, Engine Nos. 16, 17, 20 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 
Box 342. 6 and. 7. 

Chief Engineer French, of Quincy, in command. 



Friday. Nos. 7, 9, 11, 13 and 15 Paris Court, East Boston. Three-story 

9th. wooden tenement, 30 X 21. 

3.31 p.m. Owned by John Dorgan and others. 

Box 158. Loss $615. Insurance $2,400. 

Occupied by several families. 
Fire originated in Nos. 11 and 13, and extended to roof of No. 7. 
Cause, defective flue. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 9. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 9. 
Alarm given by District Engineer. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 5, 9, 11; Hose No. 6; Hook and 
Ladder No. 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Friday. Baker St. One-story wooden .dwelling, 18 X 20. 

9th. Owned by Patrick O'Neill. 

10.10 p.m. Loss $500. Insurance $375- 

Box 32. Unoccupied. 

W- Roxbury. Cause, supposed incendiary. 

First company at fire, " Salamander" No. 2. 
■ First water on fire, Cliemical Engine No. 4. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine No. 28; Hook and Ladder No. 10; 
Chemical Engine No. 4; "Salamander" 
No. 2. 
Asst. Engineer Rogers in command. 






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April. 
Saturday. 

10th. 
1.25 p.m. 
Box 353. 



River St., Mattapan. Grass land. 

Owned by Kimball Nickerson. 
Alarm given by individual member. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 16, 18 and 19; Hook and Ladder 
No. 6. 

Asst. Engineer Hewins in command. 



Saturday. No 15 Merchants' Row. Four-story brick building, 60 X 20. 
10th. Owned by Goodnow heirs. 

8.12 p.m. Loss $800. Insurance $5,000. 

Box 16. Occupied by by W. F. Goward & Co., confectioners. 

Occupied by G. W. Dean & Co., fruit-dealers. 

Loss $4,525. Insurance $10,000. 
Eire originated on third floor and extended to fourth. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Hook and Ladder No.' 1. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 8. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 25 and 26 ; Hose Nos. 2 
and 3 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 ; 
Chemical Engine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Saturday. No. 92 Eutaw St., E. Boston. One and one-half story wooden 

10th. building, 30 X 20. 

9.21 p.m. Owned by Joseph Grace. 

Still alarm. Loss $50. Insurance $1,000. 

Occupied by Joseph Grace, store and dwelling. 

Loss $193. Insurance $700. 
Fire originated in the store. 
Cause, explosion of a kerosene lamp. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 5, with buckets of water. 
Engineman Battis in command. 



Sunday. Williams St., Ward 17. Grass fire. 

11th. Needless alarm. 

3.03 p.m. Alarm given by citizen. 

Box 361. Companies called, Engine Nos, 17, 18 and 19 ; Hook and Ladder 

Nos. 6 and 7. 
Asst. Engineer Hewins in command. 



230 



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.April. 
Sunday. 

11th. 

7.20 p.m. 

Still alarm. 



No. 73 W. Brookline St. Three-story brick dwelling, 40 X 20. 

Owned by William Hook. 

Occupied by David Coffin. 

Loss $20. No Insurance. 
Fire originated on third floor. 
Caused by gas-light setting window-curtain on fire. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 5, with buckets of water. 

Driver Lovell in command. 



Sunday. No. 1104 Washington St. Three-story wooden dwelling, 70 X 18, 

11th. Owned by Dr. Saunders. 

8.15 p.m. Occupied by Mrs. Temple and others. 

Still alarm. Loss $10. No Insurance. 

Fire originated on third floor. 
Caused by the explosion of a kerosene lamp. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 3, with buckets of water. 
Foreman Hines in command. 



Monday. No. 32 Central Wharf. Four-story brick building, 54 X 22. 

12th. Owned by Blanchard estate. 

6.02 p.m. Loss $75. Insurance $5,000. 

Box 38. Occupied by Emery Bemis, cigars and tobacco. 

" " G. F. Fernades, cigars. 

Loss $800. Insurance $10,000. 
Fire originated in closet on third floor. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Fire Boat. 
First water on fire, Fire Boat. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 25 and 26 ; Hose Nos. 2 
and 3 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 ; 
Chemical Engine No. 1 ; Fire Boat. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Wednesday. Nos. 16, 18 and 20 Beverly St. Five-story brick building, 50 X 30. 
14th. Owned by R. H. Eddy. 

1.11 a.m. Loss $4,500. Insurance $6,000. 

Box 12. Occupied by N. Davis, coffee manufacturer. 

Second alarm. Loss $36. Insurance $1,000. 

1.24 a.m. Occupied by L. P. Morrison, agent patent paste. 

. « Loss $146. Insurance $1,000. 



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April. 



Occupied by E. Betts, stair-builder. 

Loss $6,500. Insurance $4,000. 
Occupied by Burnham & Callahan, wood-workers. 

Loss $8,000. Insurance $6,000. 
Occupied by H. T. Rodgers & Co., picture-frames. 

Loss $1,450. Insurance $1,500. 
Occupied by M. Noon, chamber furniture. 

Loss $1,500. No Insurance. 
Occupied by E. F. Buckminster, taps and bungs. 

Loss $1,500. No Insurance. 
Fire originated on second floor, extended to roof. 
Caused by spontaneous combustion of oily rags. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 8. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 8. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25 and 26 ; Hose 
Nos. 2, 3 and 5 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 
3 and 8 ; Cliemieal Engine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Wednesday. Bowdoin Square. Five-story brick building, 40 X 30. 
14th. Owned by W. P. Keeler. 

2.56 a.m. Loss $345. Insurance $15,000. 

Box 23. Occupied by B. S. Wright, hotel. 

Loss $100. Insurance $8,000. 
Fire originated on fourth floor, extended to fifth. 
Cause, carelessness. 

First company at fire, Chemical Engine No. 1. 
First water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 1. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine No. 6 ; Hose No. 5 ; Hook and Ladder 
No. 3; Chemical Engine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Thursday. 

15th. 

4.30 p.m. 

Box 156. 



No. 84 Sumner St., East Boston. 
23 X 20. 
Owned by James Bartlett. 



Three-story wooden dwelling, 



Loss 



Insurance 



Occupied by James Bartlett. 
Fire originated in the L. 
Cause, defective flue. 
Alarm given by individual member. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 5, 9, 11; Hose No. 6; Hook and 
Ladder No. 2 ; Fire Boat. 

Chief Engineer Green in command. 



232 City Document. —No. 96. 

April. 
Thursday. No. 34 Merchants' Row. Six-story granite building, 60 X 40. 
15th. Owned by Moses Pond & Co. 

7.38 p.m. Loss $1,310. Insurance $25,000. 

Box 16. Occupied by J. E. Farwell & Co. and others, printers, hardware, 

etc. 

Loss $6,783. Insurance $19,500. 
Tire originated on fifth floor, extended to roof. 
Cause unknown. 

First company at fire, Hook and Ladder No. 1. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 8. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 25, 26; Hose Nos. 2, 
3; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8; Chemical 
Engine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Thursday. No. 12 Kirkland St. Three and one-half story brick dwelling, 
15th. 28 X 18. 

9.27 p.m. Owned by Mr. Eaborn. 

Box 61. Loss $15. Insurance $3,000. 

Occupied by Jacob Moris. 

Loss $35. Insurance $1,000. 
Fire originated on second floor. 
Caused by the explosion of a kerosene lamp. 
First company at fire, Chemical Engine No. 2. 
First water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 2. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 7, 10, 22, 25, 26; Hose Nos. 2, 
5; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 8; Chemical 
Engine Nos. 1, 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 

Friday. No. 15 Highland Ave. Four-story brick dwelling, 40 X 24. 

16th. Owned by S. G. Cheever. 

2.58 a.m. Loss $350. Insurance $6,000. 

Box 243. Occupied by Francis L. Macomber. 

Loss $516. Insurance $1,500. 
Fire originated in the basement, extended to floor above. 
Cause, defective flue. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 14. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 14. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 12, 13, 14, 24; Hose No. 7; Hook 
and Ladder No. 4. 
Asst. Engineer Colligan in command. 



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233 



April. 

Friday. 

16th. 
5.50 a.m. 
Box 14. 



No. 310 Commercial St. Two and one-half story wooden building, 
65 X 25. 
Owned by Wra. Tower. 



Occupied by Wm. Tower & B. B 
joiner. 



Loss $75. Insurance $3,000. 
Kent, cooper's shop and ship 

Loss $50. Insurance $1,200, 



Tire originated on first floor. 
Cause, defective flue. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 8. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 8. 
Alarm given by patrol. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 25, 26 ; Hose No. 3 ; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 ; Chemical 
Engine No. 1 ; Fire Boat. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Saturday. No. 166 Congress St. Five-story stone, brick and iron building, 

17th. 100 X 35. 

3.14 a.m. Owned by Miles Washburn. 

Box 45. Loss $3,488. Insurance $40,000. 

Occupied by Armstrong & Co., and others, lithographer. 

Loss $31,933. Insurance $145,000. 
Fire originated on fifth floor, extended to roof. 
Cause unknown. 4 

First company at fire, Hook and Ladder No. 8. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 7. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 25, 26 ; Hose Nos. 2, 3 ; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 and 8 ; Chemical 
Engine Nos. 1 and 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Sunday. 

18th. 

4.45 a.m. 

Still alarm. 



No 15 Bowdoin St. Four-story brick dwelling, 50 X 30. 
Owned by Mr. Snow. 



Loss 



Insurance $6,000. 



Occupied by Mrs. Barton. 
Fire originated on third floor. 
Cause, rats gnawing matches. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 4 and Chemical Engine No. 1, 

with pails of water. 
Foreman Cheswell in command. 
16 



234 



City Document. — No. 96. 



April. 

Sunday. Baker St. Two-story wooden dwelling, 36 X 24. 

18th. Owned by Patrick O'Neil. 

9.05 p.m. Loss $2,000. Insurance $2,000. 

Box 32. Unoccupied. 

W. Boxbury. Fire originated on second floor, and extended all over building. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 
Alarm given by oitizen. 

Companies called, Engine No. 28; Hook and Ladder No. 10; 
Chemical Engine No. 4 ; Hand Engine No. 2. 
Asst. Engineer Colligan in command. 



Monday. No. 236 North St. Four-story wooden building, 40 X 24. 

19th. • Owned by heirs of Edward Dolan. 

1.30 a.m. Loss $50. Insurance $4,000. 

Box 13. Occupied by Thomas Maguiness, liquor saloon. 

Loss $50. Insurance $400. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 8. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 8. 
Fire originated on first floor. 
Cause unknown. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 25, 26 ; Hose No. 3 ; Hook 
and Ladder Nos. 1, 8; Chemical Engine 
No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Wednesday. Washington St. Two-story wooden dwelling, 24 X 18. 
21st. Owned by Cornelius Cleary. 

9.40 p.m. Loss $1,400. Insurance $1,000. 

Box 24. Occupied by Cornelius Cleary. ' 

'W.. Boxbury. Fire originated on second floor, extended all over building. 
Cause unknown. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Companies called, Engine No. 28; Hook and Ladder No. 10; 
Chemical Engine No. 4. 
Asst. Engineer Bogers in command. 



JEriday. Centre St. Grass fire. 

23d. Owned by Mrs. Curtis. 

11.40 a.m. Fire caused by burning up old rubbish. 
Box .7. Alarm given by citizen. 
W. Boxbury. Companies called, Engine No. 28; Hook and Ladder No. 10. 
Asst. Engineer Bogers in command. 



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April. 
Friday. 

23d. 
7.22 p.m. 
Still alarm. 



No. 10 James St. Three and a half-story brick dwelling, 40 X 18. 

Owned by Mrs. Randall. 

Occupied by Albert Hutchins. 
Fire slight. 
Caused by defective flue. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Hook and Ladder Co. No. ?. 

Asst. Engineer Fernald in command. 



Saturday. 

24th. 
0.20 A.M. 
Box 126. 



Saturday. 
24th. 

7 35 A.M. 
Still alarm. 



Saturday. 

24th. 

6.33 p.m. 

Box 13. 



Nos. 388 and 390 Broadway. Three-story wooden building, 100 X 40. 
Owned by Gilbert Wait. 

Loss $350. Insurance 015,000. 
Occupied by Seaman & Co., furniture. 

Loss $600. Insurance $3,500. 
Fire originated on first floor, extended to cellar. 
Cause unknown. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 1, 2,7, 15; Hose Nos. 9, 10, 12; 
Hook and Ladder No. 5. 
Asst. Engineer Brown in command. 

No. 11 Middle St., So. Boston. Two and a half-story wooden 
dwelling, 40 X 20. 
Owned by James Berry. 



Occupied by Berry & Hunkins. 



Loss $50. Insurance $2,000. 
Loss $100. No Insurance. 



Fire originated on first floor. 
Cause, boys playing with matches. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 10, with buckets of water. 

Driver Stone in command. 

No. 85 Richmond St. Four-story brick building, 80 X 50. 
Owned by Nathan Robbins. 

Loss $485. Insurance $6,000. 
Occupied by W. Underwood & Co., pickle factory. 

Loss $491. Insurance $27,500. 
Fire originated on fourth floor. 

Cause, supposed to have taken from fire-pots used for soldering. 
First company at fire, Engine No. 8. 
First water on fire, Engine No. 8. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 4, 6,7,8, 25, 26; Hose No. 3; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8; Chemical 
Engine No. 1. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



236 



City Document. — No. 96. 



April. 

Sunday. 

25th. 

7.20 p.m. 

Still alarm. 



No. 100 Main St., Charlestown. Dwelling. 

Owned by Dr. Whiting. 

Occupied by Dr. Whiting. 
Fire slight. 

Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 3. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Driver William H. Conn in command. 



Monday. No. 5 Short St. Court. Two-story wooden dwelling, 16 X 20. 

26th. Owned by Mr. Nichols. 

12.10 a.m. Occupied by Mr. Murray. 

Box 5. Fire slight. 

Charlestown. Eire originated on first floor. 

Cause, supposed by the upsetting of a kerosene lamp. 
Accidents. Mrs. Murray was burned to death. 

Extinguished with buckets of water. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 6, 27; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4; Hook 
and Ladder No. 9. 
Asst. Engineer Bartlett in command. 



Monday. Canterbury St. Two-story wooden building, 30 X 45. 
26th. Owned by Patrick Meehan. 

2.45 a.m. Loss $1,500. Insurance 

Box 43. Occupied by Patrick Meehan, barn. 

W. Roxbury. Loss $600. No Insurance. 

Eire originated on first floor, extended to whole building. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 
Eirst company at fire, Chemical Engine No. 4. 
First water on fire, Chemical Engine No. 4. 
Alarm given by police. 

Companies called, Engine No. 28 ; Hook and Ladder No. 10 ; Chemi- 
cal Engine No. 4. 
Asst. Engineer Hewins in command. 



Friday. Myrtle St., W. Roxbury. Three-story wooden dwelling, 40 X 25. 

27th. Owned by Mr. Hawes. 

12.25 p.m. Unoccupied. 

Still alarm. Fire originated on roof of L. 

Caused by a workman throwing his coat on hot solder. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 28, with buckets of water. 
Foreman Abbott in command. 



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237 



April. 

Tuesday. Brookline. 

27th. Alarm given by citizen for a fire in Brookline. 

11.46 p.m. Companies called, Engine Nos. 13, 14, 22; Hose No. 7; Hook and 
Box 258. Ladder No. 4; Chemical Engine No. 3. 

Chief Engineer "Waterman, of Brookline, in command. 

Wednesday. Needless alarm. 
28th. Given by police. 

8.41 p.m. Companies called, Engine Nos. 1, 2, 3, 7, 15; Hose Nos. 9, 10, 12; 
Box 124. Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 5. 

Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Thursday. Green's Alley, between 1st and 2d Sts., So. Boston. Three-story 

29th. wooden tenement, 30 X 20. 

9.30 a.m. Owned by Coursey heirs. 

Still alarm. Loss $75. Insurance $1,500. 

Occupied by Mrs. Hines and others. 

Loss $25. No Insurance. 
Eire originated on second floor. 
Caused by children playing with matches. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 15, and Hose No. 9, with buck- 
ets of water. 
Asst. Engineer Brown in command. 



Thursday. No- 596 Washington St. Three-story wooden building, 80 X 90. 

29th. Owned by R. and W. Sherburne. 

12.10 p.m. Occupied by several parties. 

Still alarm. Fire originated on third floor. 
Cause, supposed incendiary. 
Alarm given by citizen. 

Extinguished by Hose Co. No. 2, with buckets of water. 
Hoseman Ingersoll of Engine Co. No. 7 in command. 



Thursday. Nos. 13, 15, 17 Bowker St. Eive-story brick building. 

29th. Owned by Sam'l D. Hicks. 

8.04 p.m. Loss $3,500. Insurance $18,000. 

Box 21. Occupied by R. Eastman, blacksmith. 

Second alarm. Loss $50. No Insurance. 

8.09 p.m. Occupied by Holt & Bugbee, lumber-dealers. 

Loss $225. Insurance $2,500. 
Occupied by Boston Nickel Co. 

Loss $2,500. Insurance $8,000. 



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April. 



Occupied by Richardson & Lenhart, musical instruments. 

Loss $150. No Insurance. 
Occupied by T. D. Bill, machinist. 

Loss $175. Insurance $1,000. 
Occupied by W. H. Hazen & Co. 

. Loss $125. Insurance $1,000. 
Occupied by Eaton & Ellsworth, machinists. 

Loss $100. Insurance $3,500. 
Occupied by Mr. Meriill, paper bags. 

Loss $2,175. Insurance $3,000. 
Occupied by J. H. Engdahl, picture-frames'. 

Loss $1,000.. Insurance $3,000. 
Occupied by Codnian & Sburtleff, surgical instruments. 

Loss $2,O#0. Insurance $10,000. 
Occupied by Mr. McQuade, stopple m'f ' y. 

Loss #720. Insurance $2,000. 
Occupied by Geo. Docker & Son, coppersmiths. 

Loss $129. Insurance $800. 
Occupied by J. A. Kitcher, hair-picker. 

Loss $1,200. Insurance $1,70 
Cause of fire unknown. 

Eirst company at fire, Hook and Ladder No. 1. 
Eirst water on fire, Engine No. 8. 
Alarms given by police. 

Companies called, Engine Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 25, 26 ; Hose Nos. 
2, 3, 5; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 3, 8; 
Chemical Engine, Nos. 1 and 2. 
Chief Engineer Green in command. 



Eriday. Townsend St., Highlands. Woodland. 
30th. Owned by J. French. 

10.00 a.m. Extinguished by Engine Co. No. 24. 

Still alarm. Alarm given by citizen. 



recapitulation. 

Total number of fires 43 

Confined to one building 42 

Extended to other buildings 1 

Estimated loss on buildings $23,781 00 

" " stock . ' . 77,582 00 

Eull insurance on buildings 179,475 00 

" " " stock 331,050 00 



Fire Commissioners' Eeport. 239 

April. 

Alarms given by patrol . 3 

" " " individual members ........ 3 

u " " police 16 

" " " citizens .......... 23 

" " " District Telegraph Co 

Alarms. Telegraph, fires .......... 31 

" " false 

" " needless 2 

" still . . . , 15 

Total 48 



Buildings slightly damaged .......... 32 

" considerably damaged ......... 6 

" totally destroyed .......... 5 



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TABLE No. 1. 

Exhibiting the number of Alarms for the days of the week, from May 1, 
1874, to April 30, 1875. 



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June . . . . 

July . . . . 

August . . . 

September . 

October . . 

November . 

December . 

January . . 

February . . 

March . . . 

April . . . . 

Totals 



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8 
15 

12 
17 
13 
17 
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38 
49 

57 
63 
69 
84 
74 
67 
52 
36 
48 



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TABLE No. 4. 

Showing the different causes of Fires 
May 1st, 1874, to April 30th, 

Accidental 

Alarms for fires out of town 

Boiling over of oil kettles 

" " " fat " 

" " " pitch " 

" " " shellac " 
Chimneys, burning out of foul 

' ' overheated 

Carelessness . 
Cooling coffee 

Chemicals, experimenting with 
Drying plastering . 
Flues, defective 
Furnaces, overheated 

" defective . 
False 

Fire-crackers . 
Fire-pots 
Gas, explosion of . 

" jets, careless use of 
Hot ashes 

Hot iron, explosion of 
Hearths, defective . 
Incendiary, supposed 
Kerosene lamps, explosion of 

" " upsetting of 

Lime, slaking of 
Matches, playing with 
Machinery, friction of 
Needless 



and Alarms, from 
1875: — 



Fire Commissioners' Report. 



245 



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FIRE-ALABM TELEGEAPH. 

John F. Kennahd, Superintendent, Office, City Hall. He 

has also the care aud charge of all the public Bells and 

Clocks. 
Operators, Charles A. Stearns, Cyrus A. George, Granville 

S. Mendell, Charles M. Chaplin. 
Repairers, George S. Thorn, Adam McAfee, Uzziel Putnam, 

Wm. H. Godfrey. Benjamin F. Burchsted, General As- 
sistant. 

A constant watch is kept at the office, City Hall, night 
and day, by the operators. Each operator serves two alter- 
nate terms, of three hours each, as principal, and the same 
as assistant operator ; so that twelve hours' service at the 
office, out of every twenty-four, is required from each 
operator. No operator is permitted to sleep during his 
watch, unless expressly relieved by some one else, and by 
consent of the Superintendent. 

Each operator is accountable to the Superintendent for any 
mistakes that may occur at the office during his hours of 
duty. 

An accurate account is kept of the time of giving each 
alarm, and of the station from which it originates, and all 
other necessary information. 

Alarms are transmitted to the Central Office, from the 
Signal Stations or Boxes, by pulling a slide in the Box. The 
police officers, and one other person resident near each 
station, have keys to the Boxes. 

Alarms are sounded by striking the number of the box 
upon the Alarm Bells, and upon the Gongs in the Engine- 
Houses. 

Examples : To announce the existence of a fire near Box 
No. 41 (Old South Church), the bells will strike four, make 



Fiee Commissionees' Repoet. 247 

a pause of a few seconds, then strike one, thus : 4 — 1. This 
will be repeated at intervals of about one-half minute. 

For a fire near Box No. 145 (South Boston Point), the 
bells will strike one, make a pause, then strike four, another 
pause, then strike five, thus : 1 — 4 — 5. 

Second Alarms are sounded by striking ten blows. Third 
Alarms are sounded by striking twelve blows twice, thus : 
12—12. 

In cases where the entire department are required, alarms 
are sounded by striking twelve blows three times, thus : 12 

— 12 — 12. 

In cases where Hook & Ladder Companies only are wanted, 
signal to be given by striking ten blows once, with the num- 
ber of the Company struck twice, thus : Hook & Ladder No. 
one, 10 — 1—1. Hook & Ladder No. four, 10 — 4 — 4. 
Hook & Ladder No. seven, 10 — 7 — 7. 

If more than one Hook & Ladder Company is wanted, the 
signal will be given thus : Hook & Ladder one and three, 10 

— 1 — 1 — 3 — 3. Hook & Ladder two and four, 10 — 2 

— 2 — 4 — 4. Hook & Ladder five and seven, 10 — 5 — 5 

— 7 — 7. 

No person will give alarms for the same fire (after the first 
alarm has been given) without an order from an Engineer ; 
and the person so ordered will be sure to go to the same box 
from which the first alarm was given, and report the same to 
the Chief Engineer. 

Alarms are usually given about half a minute from the 
time the Box is operated. 

DIRECTIONS TO THOSE WHO HOLD SIGNAL KEYS. 

1. If a fire is discovered in your vicinity, go to the nearest 
Box. 

, 2. Pull the slide down once and let go. Wait at the Box, 
and direct the firemen to the fire. 



24S City Document. — No. 96. 

3. If you hear no reply on the bells, pull again. If still 
no reply, go to the nearest Box. 

4. The police, upon hearing the bells, will spring their 
rattles and call the number of the station. 



CAUTIONS. 

1. Be sure your Box is locked before leaving it. 

2. Never open the Box, except in cases of fire. 

3. Never let the key go out of your possession, unless 
called for by the Superintendent. 

There are 224 Signal Stations, distributed and located in 
accordance with the following plan : — 



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RE CAPITULATION . 

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TELEGRAPHIC FIRE-ALARM. 

Magnetic Fire- Alarm. Apparatus, the whole cost of which 
is over $90,000. Working Lines of Wire, about 200 miles ; 
Signal Boxes in use, 224; Striking Machines, 50; Large 
Gongs, 55; Small Gongs, 40; Tappers, 50; Clocks — one 
electric watch clock ; two repeating three dial clocks for 
striking signals ; Magneto-Electric Machine, for striking 
bells, 1 ; Relay Magnets, 11 ; Ten Pen Register, 1 ; Office 
Bells, 16; Telegraph Keys, 14; Dial Instruments, 16. 

Stock and Furniture. — 1 switchboard ; 1 large galvanom- 
eter for spare and local battery ; 11 small do., for signal 
batteries ; 2 portable rheotropes : 1 chronometer ; 1 set 
telegraphic apparatus in Superintendent's house ; 6 sets 
telegraphic apparatus in assistant's houses ; 750 cups, 
battery in use; 1,600 lbs. sulphate of copper; 200 lbs. 
zinc ; brackets, wire insulators, etc. ; lot of old machinery 
and old iron, useless except for repairing other machinery, 
or to sell as old material ; office furniture, bedsteads, bed- 
ding, and sundry other articles. 



Fire Commissioners' Report. 257 



BELLS. 

Faneuil Hall, steel, 5,816 lbs. 

Boylston market, corner Washington and Boylston streets, 

composition, 529 lbs. 
Boylston School-house, Washington, near Dover street, 

composition, 818 lbs. 
Castle-street Church, corner Washington and Castle streets, 

composition, 1,760 lbs. 
Saratoga-street M. E. Church, East Boston, steel, 1,968 lbs. 
Adams School-house, Sumner street, East Boston, steel, 

2,995 lbs. 
Channing School-house, East street, steel, 1,363 lbs. 
Chapman School-house, Eutaw street, East Boston, steel, 

3,109| lbs. 
Dean School-house, Wall street, composition, 712 lbs. 
Hose No. 12, South Boston, composition, 800 lbs. 
Princeton-street School-house, East Boston, composition, 

2,470 lbs. 
Everett School-house. Northampton street, composition, 

1,501 lbs. 
Franklin-place School-house, corner Tremont and Franklin 

place, B. H., composition, 2,958 lbs. 
George-street School-house, B. H., composition, 4,160 lbs. 
Lawrence School-house, B street, South Boston, steel, 

3,400 lbs. 
Lewis School-house, Dale street, B. H., composition, 

3,104 lbs. 
Lincoln School-house, Broadway, South Boston, composition, 

3,110 lbs. 
Quincy School-house, Tyler street, composition, 2,941 lbs. 
Rice School-house, Appleton street, composition, 3,042 lbs. 
Sharp School-house, Anderson, corner Pinckney street, 

composition, 900 lbs. 
Smith-street School-house, B. H., composition, 4,803 lbs. 



258 City Document. — No. 96. 

Andrew School-house, Dorchester street, Washington Village, 
steel, 2,995 lbs. 

Wells School-house, Blossom street, composition, 1,675 
lbs. 

Engine House No. 1, Dorchester street, South Boston, com- 
position 2,911 lbs. 

Engine House No. 11, Orleans, corner of Simmer, East 
Boston, composition, 817 lbs. 

Engine House No. 12, Warren street, B. H., composition, 
3,509 lbs. 

Engine House No. 16, Temple street, Dorchester, com- 
position, 4,149 lbs. 

Engine House No. 17, Meeting House Hill, Dorchester, 
composition, 4,000 lbs. 

Engine House No. 18, Harvard street, Dorchester, com- 
position, 3,184 lbs. 

Engine House No. 19, Mattapan, Dorchester, composition, 
2,927 lbs. 

Engine House No. 20, Walnut street, Dorchester, com- 
position, 3,061 lbs. 

Engine House No. 21, Boston street, Dorchester, com- 
position, 3,026 lbs. 

Hancock School-house, Parmenter street, composition, 4,090 
lbs. 

H. & L. House, No. 3, corner Harrison avenue and Wareham 
street, steel, 1,000 lbs. 

City Hall, Charlestown, composition, 5,600 lbs. 

Rubber Factory, Charlestown, composition, 999 lbs. 

Bunker Hill School-house, Charlestown, 2,009 lbs. 

Warren School-house, Charlestown, composition, 3,000 lbs. 

Winthrop School- house, Charlestown, composition, 3,000 
lbs. 

Engine House, Centre street, West Roxbury, composition. 

Church-street Church, composition, 1,059 lbs. 

Tremont-street Church, steel, 3,324 lbs. 



Fire Commissioners' Report. 259 

Shawraut-avenue Church, composition, 1,909 lbs. 
Old South Church, composition, 1,700 lbs. 
Bowcloin-square Church, composition, 3,882 lbs. 
Charles-street Church, composition, 1,883 lbs. 
Berkeley-street Church, composition, 2,538 lbs. 
Hollis-street Church, composition, 1,803 lbs. 



PUBLIC CLOCKS. 

Old State House, State street. 

Lyncle-street Church, corner Lynde and Cambridge streets. 

Suffolk County Jail clock, corner Cambridge and Charles 

streets. 
Ticknor School-house, South Boston. 
Gaston School-house, South Boston. 
Charles-street Church. 
Tremont M. E. Church, corner Tremont and Concord 

streets. 
Christ Church, Salem street. 
Lincoln School-house, Broadway, South Boston. 
Phillips Church, Broadway, South Boston. 
Bigelow School-house, corner Fourth and E streets, South 

Boston. 
Methodist Church, Winthrop street, B. H. 
Odd Fellows' Building, Tremont street. 
St. 'Stephen's Church, corner of Hanover and Clark streets. 
Dudley street, Boston Highlands. 
Warren-street M. E. Church, Boston Highlands. 
City Hall, Charlestown. 
High School, Charlestown. 
Bennett School-house, Brighton. 
Orthodox Church, West Roxbury. ' 



260 



City Document. — JS f o. 96. 



SCHEDULE OF PROPERTY. 



Apparatus. 

36 engines, steam fire 
7 " chemical (Babcock) 
2 '< (Gibbs & Gordon) 
4 " band . 
1 fire boat and fixtures 

37 hose carriages (horse) 
30 " tenders 
12 hook & ladder carriages without 
34 pangs — hose and engineers 
15 wagons (coal) . 
10 " (light) 
24,610 ft. hose — leather 
25,361 « cotton 
23,943 « rubber 
1,112 " suction 
62 pipes, brass 
12 " street 
59 " leather 
4 ' ' rubber 
132 lanterns . 
193 belts 
362 spanners 
40 extinguishers 
40 goose necks 
46 Lowry chucks 
44 butt-straps 
48 squillgees 

Amount carried forward, 



ladders 



Amount. 

,108,090 00 

17,500 00 

100 00 

1,400 00 

30,000 00 

22,200 00 

3,750 00 

16,800 00 

3,400 00 

4,100 00 

1,500 00 

24,610 00 

25,361 00 

17,000 00 

6,700 00 

620 00 

120 00 

5uu 00 

36 00 

264 00 

193 00 

90 00 

1,000 00 

240 00 

4,140 00 

44 00 

24 00 

$289,782 00 



FlEE COMMISSIONEKS' EEPOET. 



261 



Amount brought forward, 






$289,782 00 


9 extra poles ...... 45 00 


41 extra whiffletrees 










123 00 


48 buckets 










24 00 


24 extra couplings . 










48 00 


72 reducers 










216 00 


1 spray uozzle 










3 50 


4 brake blocks 










. 2 00 


4 enlarging couplings 










12 00 


70 ft. guy chains 










50 00 


30 guy lines 










90 00 


293 hose " 










75 00 


40 life " 










80 00 


2 spare axles 










50 00 


3 engine grates 










45 00 


25 small ladders 










25 00 


1 shut-off nozzle . 








' 


15 00 


22 frost pipes 










33 00 


5 pipe tongs 










10 00 


12 rubber valves 










2 40 


15 runners 










30 00 


1 relief valve 










50 00 


23 spare wheels 










575 00 


1 spare grate 










15 00 


2 supply couplings 










6 00 


1 engine spring 






• a 




10 00 




$291,416 90 



Horses and Harness. 



126 horses 
45 harnesses, double 
28 " ' single 



$34,650 00 
6,750 00 
2,100 00 



Amount carried forward, 



$43,500 00 



262 



City Document. — No. 96. 



Amount brought forward, 
14 harnesses, lead . 
17 extra collars 



5 

5 

9 

23 



harnesses 
traces 
lines 
bits 



61 halters 

7 horse boots 
40 surcingles 
12 halter chains 
25 pads for collars 

5 breast plates 
49 sleigh-bells (strings) 
30 % blankets 
38 street " 
60 stable " * 

2 horse hoods 

11 halter bridles . 

9 lead bars . 
36 whips 

3 buffalo robes 



$43,500 00 

168 00 

51 00 

30 00 

5 00 
9 00 

46 00 
61 00 
14 00 
20 00 

6 00 

7 50 
100 00 

75 00 

22 50 

114 00 

180 00 

6 00 

44 00 

45 00 
36 00 
51 00 

$44,591 00 



Furniture. 



42 tables 
551 chairs 
, 21 desks 

32 benches . 

25 clocks 

84 looking-glasses 

53 towel-rollers 

Amount carried forivard, 



$252 00 


551 


00 


210 


00 


64 


00 


125 


00 


420 


00 


27 


00 


$1,649 00 



Fire Commissioners' Report. 



263 



Amount brou 


ght forward^ 


$1,649 00 


135 bedsteads (iron) . 


675 00 


143 " (wooden) .... 


715 00 


45 stoves ...... 


675 00 


36 heaters 




. 3,600 00 


21 stove-boilers 


. - . 


63 00 


83 bureaus . 




1,245 00 


19 bookcases 




570 00 


750 yds. carpets 




375 00 


2 lounges . 




10 00 


26 lamps 




9 00 


34 step-ladders 




102 00 


528 window shades . 




1,584 00 


37 settees 




74 00 




$11,346 00 



Bedding. 



203 hair mattresses 






$1,827 00 


188 husk " 






376 00 


146 hair pillows 






189 00 


106 feather " 






106 00 


174 double wool blankets 






422 00 


84 single " " 






125 00 


135 white counterpanes . 






202 00 


135 figured " 






135 00 


96 comforters . . ' . 






96 00 


643 sheets (cotton) 




321 00 


442 pillow-slips (cotton) 






221 00 




$4,020 00 



264 



City Document. — No. 96. 



Tools. 



32 feather dusters 










$32 00 


36 dust pans .... 
40 coal hods . 








8 00 
20 00 


270 wrenches (engine) . 








185 00 


55 " (hydrant) 
50 " (screw) 








165 00 
100 00 


3 " (reservoir) 








12 00 


36 ■ " (wheel) . 
234 cans 








18 00 
130 00 


56 axes . 










56 00 


9 axe helves 










1 50 


19 picks 

10 pick helves 










19 00 
1 50 


65 coal chisels 










32 00 


1 pinch bar . 
25 crowbars 










1 50 
37 50 


4 drills . 










2 00 


3 hay hooks 
24 hose tower hooks 










3 00 
12 00 


15 manure " 








7 50 


23 rakes . . . . - 








23 00 


2 soldering irons 










2 00 


17 tube brushes 










17 00 


50 horse " 










12 00 


39 scrub " 










10 00 


2 1 window ' ' 










10 00 


29 paint " 
25 stove " 










15 00 

5 00 


39 dust " 










19 50 


26 slicing bars 










39 00 


41 iron jacks . 
16 wooden " 










. - 123 00 

48 00 


Amount carried forward, 


$1,167 00 



Fike Commissioners' Report. 



265 



Amount brought forward 
30 work benches 
28 vises . 

16 hammers (chipping) 
108 files . 
230 hose washers 
49 curry combs 
6 manure forks 
60 hay forks . 
81 shovels 
24 i ' stove 

31 stable brooms 

69 house 
5 hay cutters 

14 sieves 

58 oak buckets 

45 baskets 

70 mop yarns . 
68 mop sticks . 
27 handles 



$1,167 00 
450 00 
196 00 
16 00 
27 00 
5 00 
12 00 
3 00 
30 00 
' 81 00 
5 00 
15 00 
17 00 
50 00 
7 00 
29 00 
23 00 
14 00 
9 00 
3 00 

$2,159 00 



Miscellaneous. 

155 spittoons . 

32 ash kettles . 

71 door mats . ...•.< 

36 grain chests 

Tool " ... 

1 platform truck for moving engine 

13 summer gates 

20,649 ft. rope . . . • 



$155 00 

64 00 

35 00 

180 00 

5 00 

50 00 

39 00 

600 00 

$1,128 00 



18 



266 



City Document. — No. 96. 






Property in Store-room of Engine House 
House JVo. 7 ; Reservoir on Derne street, 
House JVo. 29, Brighton District. 

1 pump — Hayes' patent 

2 leather buckets .... 

3 pieces suction for chemical engines 
6 vitriol pots for " " 

12 bridges for hose on railroad track 
5 portable extinguishers 
1 reservoir wrench 
1 steam gauge 

1 lot bits and bow drills 

5 large wheels 

2 small " 

6 runners for steam fire engines 
1 ladder hook 
1 dray rope, 60 feet 

3 hose jumpers 

3 pieces suction leather 

1 piece copper suction 

2 goose necks 
2 reducers (large) . 

7 . " (small) 
2 engine lanterns . 
1 screw jack . 
1 head-light sign . 

31 wooden engine wheels 

4 buckets 
10 old iron runners . 

1 large iron weight 

1 hay cutter . 

2 horse collars 
1 pair old bits 

Amount carried forward, 



No. 4; Hose 


and at Engine 


$25 00 




1 00 




50 00 




6 00 




20 00 




50 00 




3 00 




5 00 




12 00 




15 00 




, 2 00 




18 00 




1 00 




2 00 




125 00 




20 00 




15 00 




15 00 




10 00 




21 00 




2 00 




3 00 




50 




31 00 




2 00 




25 00 




1 CO 




5 00 




10 00 


s 


50 



$496 00 




FlKE COMMISSIONEES' EEPOET. 



267 



Amount brought forward, 
2 hand lanterns 
1 tin boiler 
1 spare life-line 

1 bridle 
46 signs for horses 

2 feed boxes . 
25 salt bags 
16 hub runners 

2 axle trees . 

3 old stoves . 

4 wooden gates 

2 pung reels . 
1 large grapple and chai 

3 pokers 
1 rake . 
1 bar 
3 shovels 

35 pieces hard-pine lumber 
150 lbs. (about) old iron 

1 link block . 
14 telegraph brackets (iron) 

2 pieces canvas 
8 stall spouts . 
1 hose trough 

1 wagon pole . 

2 copper boilers 

2 vise screws 
70 empty bottles 

1 ladder truck pole 

3 large wooden doors 
3 wooden brackets 
1 extinguisher wagon and fixtures 



$496 00 

75 

1 00 

3 00 

50 

10 00 

8 00 

1 00 

16 00 

15 00 

10 00 

5 00 

125 00 



00 
50 
00 
00 
50 



2 
2 
2 
2 
1 

10 00 

3 00 

50 

10 00 

50 

6 00 

8 00 

10 00 

10 00 

30 

2 00 

2 00 

6 00 

50 

200 00 



$970 05 



EXPENDITURES OF FIRE DEPARTMENT FROM MAY 1st, 1874, TO AI'P II, 30th, 1875. 



Salaries 

. Apparatus 

Xcw Apparatus . , . .' 

Gas Heaters 

Repairing Houses 

New Hose 

I ilose 

Printing and Stationery _. ■ 

Fuel for Houses 

Fuel for Engines 

Qae 

Furniture, i '. 

Washing 

Horses. Purchase and Exchange 

Bay, Grain, etc 

v. ; Houses and Fire Boat 

Water for Hydrants 

Cave of Hydrants and Reservoirs 

Harness and Repairing 

- ing, etc 

Express, Horse Hire, Keeping, etc. . 

Oils, I'lV-.TV. lives, etr 

; ile Furniture, etc. 

Hats, Badges. Buttons, etc 

!3ikcs, Axes, etc 

Reservoirs, Hydra: 

Small Supplies 

1 Supplies. Fire Boat 

Extra Service 

Tools and Machinery. Repair Shop .... 
Contingencies 



■7 7 
1,410 74 
nun 00 



32 34 
23 52 

253 60 

409 s7 

161 1 



118 *s 

'J. '.-J 25 

81 117 

41 25 

07 4S 

14 25 

108 19 
317 



$28,492 44 
656 03 
900 00 

220 38 

152 96 

292 89 

362 70 

■J .7 86 

438 51 

302 58 

1,727 13 

234 40 

2.675 00 

1,395 91 

1,090 00 

57,240 00 

37 ."'12 00 

202 63 
170 27, 
147 90 
18 50 
527 61 
276 34 

164 65 
327 18 



$30,843 67 

1,71 1 

762 01 

- 

174 85 
19 75 

67 18 
262 3 1 

21S 07 
1,223 00 



2211 43 
1 

lis 88 

203, 10 

291 57 

25 47 

62 03 

133 "7 



f I 1,71 97 



181 03 
275 06 
576 30 
070 18 
915 12 
219 S4 

1.514 44 



155 10 
287 01 
124 23 

25 10 

64 01 
157 1" 

02 45 

1,112 43 

235 37 

170 49 

15 96 



$30,159 10 
004 64 
650 00 

786 12 

3,503 SO 
316 OS 
106 13 
85 60 
144 00 
7 

247 23 



71 75 
99 59 
100 38 
333 25 
6 00 
641 14 

170 34 
4 00 



$30,313 97 
1,129 29 
1.800 00 

617 05 
450 35 
150 31 
193 07 
1,339 ' 5 
30 75 

77 so 
1.714 41 



93 65 
199 66 

78 30 

7^ 25 
160 7S 

707 si 
105 00 



1,798 43 



111 73 
231 81 
on 85 

l.oll 65 
317 95 

227 21 



5 30 
113 74 

197 73 

170 in', 

100 01 
105 00 
72 00 

7 12 



751 87 
1,567 25 



.175 05 
186 25 

61 50 

281 77 

700 00 

1,616 12 



80 7o 

204 13 
! 
90 04 
86 20 
40 30 

25 10 

- 
105 00 

5S 00 

78 on 



January. 
$30,58 1 20 

1,152 04 

2.117 50 

1,116 0" 
1,616 lo 

77 27 

530 13 
575 00 



322 5o 

12 01.1 
3S1 oil 
28 M 

415 27 

m: 

12 75 



February. 



$31,128 84 
l.'Joo 94 



510 3:; 

1,46 I 
65 no 
118 43 
769 07 

- 



155 70 
640 10 

90 22 

104 70 
64 00 

105 01 

740 46 

137 14 

50 67 
980 is 



180 00 

274 10 
1,300 00 

230 02 
1,069 25 



4S 02 

17 40 
153 25 

4.3 27 



288 30 
115 74 
5S9 33 







April. 


Total. 






1,182 30 
















160 97 


13,538 91 


18 62 




07 15 




993 15 








325 38 








- 










- 




1,090 00 










73 09 




258 85 




114 42 








61 50 






- 


131 43 













105 00 
177 70 

274 14 



1 NCOME. - FIRE DEPARTM ENT. 

*210 00 

3 'in,, i y paymaster 12 01 

Sal. „t' manure 334 00 

old materials 

horses 

bell •'"' «4 

en g| Iie 505 00 

$1,811 36 



EXPENDITURES OF FIRE ALARM TELEGRAPH FROM MAY 1st, 1874, TO APRIL 30th, 1875. 





May. 


June. 


July. 


August. 


September. 


October. 


November. 


December. 


January. 


February. 


March. 


April. 


Total. 




$1,525 50 
58 00 
49 94 
284 29 
309 00 


$1,303 00 
299 75 
150 00 
40 00 
216 00 
21 85 
46 60 

32 57 

13 59 
34 16 


$1,246 83 

115 48 

168 00 
328 85 
46 00 

51 10 
4 00 

15 12 
2 50 
1 60 

17 21 

1,268 63 


$1,213 03 

122 70 

88 25 

4 50 

8 20 
58 13 

35 62 

38 74 

23 29 
1,170 69 


$1,246 83 

165 76 

206 92 

2 60 

41 33 

497 39 

12 85 

13 00 
49 15 

28 14 
5 00 
9 87 
9 79 

924 33 


$1,246 83 
462 25 

84 54 
228 74 

113 40 

6 00 

17 04 
12 00 

38 55 
1,839 02 


$1,213 35 
123 25 

48 00 

14 05 
6 20 

13 57 
58 60 

33 76 
289 50 


$1,246 83 
161 75 
269 34 
80 00 
319 50 
27 24 
47 50 

258 67 • 

5 72 

6 82 
8 06 

20 36 

8 88 
615 37 

71 55 


$1,213 33 
71 50 

345 00 

1 00 
50 50 
15 98 

63 14 

3 82 

37 48 

23 35 

10 00 

29 55 
1,088 97 


$1,246 83 

303 85 
156 72 
246 73 
169 25 

77 50 

32 46 
8 15 
25 00 

17 63 

44 55 
4 23 

18 49 


$1,246 83 

263 08 
45 83 

164 00 
60 74 
60 75 

18 76 
3 90 

29 07 
5 55 
9 12 

45 83 


$1,163 33 

596 91 
2S8 83 
146 70 

51 50 
56 37 
70 04 
12 00 

50 73 

8 44 

23 62 


$15,112 82 
1,175 95 
2,210 40 
1,335 83 
1,917 48 
617 13 
744 11 










103 00 






326 82 
13 00 


1,185 38 
230 39 
38 00 
91 52 
45 54 




40 88 
















11 59 




Brighton Fire Alarm and connection, establishing 


6,652 69 








$2,722 02 


$2,157 42 


$3,265 22 


$2,763 45 


$3,212 86 


$4,048 37 


$1,800 28 


$3,047 59 


$2,943 62 


$2,351 44 


$1,953 46 


$2,408 47 


$32,734 20 



BELLS AND CLOCKS. 





May. 


June. 


July. 


August. 


September. 


October. 


November. 


December. 


January. 


February. 


March. 


April. 


Total. 






$60 00 


$62 00 
126 91 
225 00 


$60 00 
65 62 

2 70 


$432 00 
20 16 

7 91 


$62 00 
216 67 

25 00 


$60 00 

150 00 
3 90 


$62 00 


6 50 


$35 00 
200 00 

50 00 


$62 00 

11 10 
11 50 


$62 00 


$68 50 
225 00 

50 00 


$1,075 50 
147 07 






866 67 




72 80 


152 83 


Cleaning, Winding and Repairing Clocks, Charles- 


250 00 










2 10 


44 80 




11 50 










$74 90 


$60 00 


$413 91 


$128 32 


$460 07 


$303 67 


$213 90 


$68 50 


$335 00 


$84 60 


$62 00 


$343 50 


$2,548 37 



INCOME. — FIRE ALARM TELEGRAPH. 

Salu of old copper 

Pet item No. 106 of 'Jrin.surer'8 account' 



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