Boston, MA Oil Refinery Fire, Mar 1915
Oil Refinery Burns
During the rush hours of the morning yesterday the refinery of the Indian Oil Company, at 35 Central wharf, Boston, caught fire. The interior of the building was destroyed, the damage being set at $25,000. Three alarms were ordered and all of the intown fire-fighting apparatus was used to drown out the flames. Immense clouds of heavy oil smoke made the fire a most difficult one to fight, and the firemen were constantly pushed back until they were forced to man their streams of water from neighboring roofs.
The fire started in the basement of the building, shot up through the elevator shaft and mushroomed through the three floors. Other buildings in the vicinity were threatened and the Portland and Gloucester steamships at the piers nearby, were made ready to be pulled out into the stream.
Boston Morning Journal, Boston, MA 2 Mar 1915