Lawrence, MA VFW Building Fire, Jun 1947


Lawrence, Mass, June 2 (AP)--Fifteen firemen and two policemen were injured, none seriously, yesterday when fire destroyed the four-story brick quarters of the Lawrence Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1549, causing damage estimated by post officials at about $100,000.

Nashua Telegraph, Nashua, NH 2 Jun 1947

The six hour blaze, which called out all Lawrence police and firemen, including those off duty, was the city's worst since a Pearl Harbor Day fire Dec. 7, 1941, that destroyed quarters of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

Most of the casualties were caused by smoke inhalation or cuts and only one of the injured was held for further treatment at the hospital.

Four nearby wooden tenement buildings, one housing three families and the others two families, caught fire during the three alarm blaze, but all had been evacuated before they burned.

The VFW building had reopened only a week ago after renovations costing $40,000, officials said.

Three other minor blazes which broke out in other parts of the city while firemen were fighting the VFW fire were handled by fire departments from Methuen, Andover and North Andover filling in at vacant Lawrence stations.

Nashua Telegraph, Nashua, NH 2 Jun 1947