Boston, MA Fire, Nov 1853
Fire In Boston.---Serious Accident. About nine o'clock, last Tuesday evening a fire broke out in a building on Commercial street, owned by Earl W. Johnson and occupied by Merriam & Parsons, manufacturers of cottage furniture, and William R. Carnes, dealer in rosewood and mahogany. In the upper story of the building a large quantity of friction matches were stored. A large quantity of lumber belonging to the occupants was destroyed. The estimated loss is about $8000. As Engine Dispatch, No. 11, was going at a very rapid rate down Snowhill street, one of the brakes of the engine struck a member of the company, named John Little, in the head, knocking him down, breaking both of his legs, and otherwise seriously injuring him.--- His recovery is doubtful.
Barre Gazette, Barre, MA 4 Nov 1853