Brookline, MA House Fire, Sept 1838
FIRE AT BROOKLINE.----On Sunday, between the hours of worship, the house owned and occupied by Capt. Benj. Bradlee, on the Worcester turnpike, in Brookline, with all the outbuildings, excepting the barn, were totally destroyed by fire, the furniture being practically saved. The fire took from one of the chimneys, and when first discovered, were wrapped in flames. This house was situated on one of the loftiest eminences in the vicinity of Boston, and to the difficulty of access to it, a deficiency in water, and the prevalence of considerable wind, and the rapidity of the destructive element very shortly on the spot, and with an alacrity which did the department great credit, those also from Roxbury and the Plains, and very soon after, two from the metropolis (Nos, 8 and 12) arrived.
Among the most active of the inhabitants in directing and using his exertions at the fire until the Roxbury Engineers arrived, was the well-known senior clergyman of that village, the Rev. Dr. Pierce.----Transcript.
The Farmers' Cabinet., Amherst, NH 7 Sept 1838