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Masonic block fire, Main St., Marlborough 1975

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This presentation covers the December 1975 fire that destroyed the Masonic Building, a four-story structure built in 1879.

This presentation covers the December 1975 fire that destroyed the Masonic Building, a four-story structure built in 1879.

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  • 1. Fairmont Hall, 1880s
  • 2. Main Street, 1910
  • 3. Main Street, 1940s
  • 4. Masonic Block, 1950s
  • 5. MasonicBlock, 1960s
  • 6. Front entrance, No. 208
  • 7. Masonic Block, West side
  • 8. UB side entrance
  • 9. Masonic Building, 1970s
  • 10. Lodge Interior East/South
  • 11. Lodge Interior West
  • 12. Inflation: 9.2%Dow: 858Interest Rates: 7.25%New House: $42,000New Car: $4,250.00Gallon of Gas: 57 centsFirst-Class Stamp: 10c
  • 13. President - Gerald FordGovernor - Mike DukakisMayor – Edgar GadboisUB Master - Leo Barsamian
  • 14. Unseasonably coldFour suspicious fires in 10 daysPastilles Liquors broken into Dec. 6
  • 15. 5:05 pm – Dumpster fire at Jr. High SchoolSmoke seen in back of Riseberg’s, 206 Main St.5:35 pm – Alarm 1 pulled at Newton & Main
  • 16. An explosion is reported fromRiseberg’s…“The building became aninferno front and back.I saw the front of the buildingblow out and flames shoot out.”-- Police Lt. Det. Robert Jusseaume
  • 17. Flames jump from Riseberg’s roofto the Masonic building
  • 18. Fighting from the rear
  • 19. All of Marlborough’s 85 firefighters150 - 200 total, from 9 (15?)communities as far as Needham,Wellesley & Lancaster$2.5M worth of apparatus
  • 20. Although Main Street was closed Bolton toMonument Sq., 1000 spectators stood 10 deep
  • 21. Temperatures plummeted into the teens.Firefighters slid on sheets of ice.
  • 22. Water pressure dropped from 100 to 40
  • 23. “It was amiracle noone washurt. It’s thebiggest fireI’ve seen in20 years.”– Jusseaume
  • 24. Demolition cost $20,000+
  • 25. First National Bank acted as fire break,shielding Main Street East
  • 26. “The meeting roomswere filled withvaluable things, manythat can’t bereplaced. Antiques,carpets, orientalchairs” and an organthat cost $8,000 in1945.–Joe Aykanian
  • 27. In gratitude to:• Joan Abshire & • Claudio Elias The Marlborough • Gary Jusseaume Historical Society • Bill Maroney• Leo Barsamian • Paul Polewacyk• Paul Chamberlain • David Wills• Walter Demoorjian • Steve Weston • Max Wills