North Ashburnham, MA Fire, Jul 1911

CHURCH BURNS; BOYS BLAMED.

Fire Also Destroys Houses and Buildings in North Ashburnham, Mass.

NORTH ASHBURNHAM, Mass., July 4.--Boys celebrating the Fourth are thought to have started a fire which burned the Old Congregational Church, five dwelling houses, and other buildings today. The loss is estimated at $20,000.

The church building was 70 years old. It was formerly owned by the Congregational Society, but lately has been used as a general place of worship. Boys who climbed the old belfry to ring the Fourth of July bells are supposed to have dropped a match or cigarette, which started the fire.

Only one of the dwelling houses burned was occupied.

The New York Times, New York, NY 5 Jul 1911