Big fires in South Boston

As an industrial and warehouse district, the areas along Fort Point Channel and the harbor have had more than their share of fires over the decades. The Boston Public Library has posted a number of South Boston fire photos by Leslie Jones, including this four-alarm blaze at the National Wool warehouse on Congress Street in 1913 (above) and a six-alarm fire in 1915:

Big South Boston fire

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South Boston fires

The photos remind me of why there were two fire companies (Engine 39, Ladder 18) in the former firehouse at Congress and Farnsworth Street (now the fire museum), plus two more (Engine 38, Tower 3) in a fire house one block away on Pittsburgh Street (now called Thompson Place).