Lowell, MA Car Stables Fire, July 1889

FATAL FIRE AT LOWELL.

SEVERAL STABLEMEN AND 150 CAR HORSES PERISH IN THE FLAMES.

(Special To The World.)
Lowell, Mass., July 17. -- At 8 o'clock tonight smoke was seen issuing from the car stables on East Merrimack Street, and scarcely had the alarm been given when huge sheets of flame burst from every corner of the building. The stable was two stories and a half high, comprised a storehouse for cars, stabled 150 horses and had adjoining a blacksmith shop and paint shop. The car shops were one huge shell. The front half of the second story was occupied as tenements. In the rear are the tenements of the poorer class.
Before the alarm bell had stopped ringing the tinder box of a stable was beyond redemption and the people in the tenement portion of the district came rushing into the street. All the horses and cars were destroyed and the stablemen, too, are supposed to have perished. It is not unlikely that some of those living in the tenement in the stable building have also been burned to death.
The houses surrounding the stable fell before the flames like paper boxes. By 11 o'clock twelve buildings, including the car stables, had been swept away. The loss will be about $150,000. At 11:30 the fire was pretty well under control, and unless the wind should blow up strong no further damage is likely to ensue.

The World New York 1889-07-18