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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    Masonic block fire, Main St., Marlborough 1975 Masonic block fire, Main St., Marlborough 1975 Presentation Transcript

    • Fairmont Hall, 1880s
    • Main Street, 1910
    • Main Street, 1940s
    • Masonic Block, 1950s
    • MasonicBlock, 1960s
    • Front entrance, No. 208
    • Masonic Block, West side
    • UB side entrance
    • Masonic Building, 1970s
    • Lodge Interior East/South
    • Lodge Interior West
    • Inflation: 9.2%Dow: 858Interest Rates: 7.25%New House: $42,000New Car: $4,250.00Gallon of Gas: 57 centsFirst-Class Stamp: 10c
    • President - Gerald FordGovernor - Mike DukakisMayor – Edgar GadboisUB Master - Leo Barsamian
    • Unseasonably coldFour suspicious fires in 10 daysPastilles Liquors broken into Dec. 6
    • 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
    • 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
    • Flames jump from Riseberg’s roofto the Masonic building
    • Fighting from the rear
    • All of Marlborough’s 85 firefighters150 - 200 total, from 9 (15?)communities as far as Needham,Wellesley & Lancaster$2.5M worth of apparatus
    • Although Main Street was closed Bolton toMonument Sq., 1000 spectators stood 10 deep
    • Temperatures plummeted into the teens.Firefighters slid on sheets of ice.
    • Water pressure dropped from 100 to 40
    • “It was amiracle noone washurt. It’s thebiggest fireI’ve seen in20 years.”– Jusseaume
    • Demolition cost $20,000+
    • First National Bank acted as fire break,shielding Main Street East
    • “The meeting roomswere filled withvaluable things, manythat can’t bereplaced. Antiques,carpets, orientalchairs” and an organthat cost $8,000 in1945.–Joe Aykanian
    • 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