Boston, MA Hospital Fire, Jan 1925

GRAND JURY WILL PROBE BOSTON FIRE.

PATIENTS RESCUED FROM BURNING HOSPITAL ARE NOT IN DANGER; SCORE TRAPPED; ONE DEAD.

Boston, Jan. 5 (AP) -- Summonses have been issued by Dist. Atty. Thomas C. O'Brien, ordering
Chief Daniel Bennett of the Boston fire department
and other public officials to appear before the grand jury and explain why there were no fire escapes on the Scobey hospital, Beacon street, which was swept by fire yesterday with the loss of one life. Others to whom summoness were sent today are: Building Commissioner Mahoney,
Health Commissioner Mahoney, the secretary of the board of fire underwriters and a representative of the fire prevention commission. The state fire marshal's office announced that an inquest on the fire will be held privately at the state house Wednesday morning.

Boston, Jan. 5 (AP) -- Dist. Atty. Thomas C. O'Brien and the grand jury of Suffolk county today will begin an investigation of the circumstances of the fire which yesterday trapped a score of helpless persons in the Scobey private hospital on Beacon street, near the Brookline town line.
Firemen and flames fought a heartrending race to each of the rooms where patients, several of them scarcely out of the either of their operations, lay in helpless suspense.
The firemen won in every case but one. MISS ELIZABETH JENKINS, 14, died in her room on the fourth floor. She had suffocated before the flames reached her, physicians said.
Starting in a way that has not been definitely determined, the flames first appeared in loose papers piled at the foot of a Christmas tree, which
was being dismantled. The woman who discovered the blaze tried in vain to smother it with a rug before sounding the alarm.
Fifteen minutes later the circular staircase, the sole avenue of escape was a roaring chimney. Nurses rushed to the rooms and shut the doors to the blast, while they assisted the patients to the windows. Firemen raised ladders and brought them to the ground. They paid the toll.
The injured are:
Nurses HELEN DWYER and RITA GILL.
Hoseman WILLIAM E. COUGHLIN.
Capt. JOHN H. LEARY.
COUGHLIN has a probable fracture of the spine from a three story fall from the staircase. Capt. LEARY fractured one of his ankles. The nurses have burns which are not serious.
Except that shock and exposure may retard their convalescence, physicians said the other patients
would not suffer.

The Fitchburg Sentinal Massachusetts 1925-01-05