The Great Fires of Lynn
No city can be spared the devastating effects of fire, but Lynn has seemingly experienced more than its share. More than most communities, Lynn measures its epochs in terms of these catastrophes. From the Christmas night blaze of 1868 to the conflagration of 1981, generations of Lynn residents have witnessed major fires that have changed the face of the city. Many of the significant fires have occurred in the very heart of the city, the downtown area. While some of these great fires have been more tragic and debilitating than others, each has in its own way contributed to the evolution of the city, making Lynn what it is today.
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The Great Fire of 1889
Between the Great Fires
The Conflagration of 1981
1981 conflagration adjacent aerial platform apparatus Beach Street Benson Shoe Building Bill Conway Bill Foley blaze brick Broad Street bucket Building collapsed burned businesses chief of department Church city's Courtesy Bill Noonan Courtesy Conway collection department Joseph deputy chief downtown eight stories equipment Exchange Street feet fire apparatus fire area fire buildings firefighters flames flea market front Furniture Where House general-alarm Heavy fire highly flammable Hotel Hutchinson Wharf Building ignited images involved in fire ladder truck Liberty Square located Lyceum Hall Lynn Fire Department Lynn ladder Lynn Museum Lynn's Marshall's Wharf Building Melvin Hall Museum and Historical museum's collection November 26 photograph by Bill Photograph by Jim Potter's Pantry relocated remains rubble ruins Scanlon Jr shoe factory shoe industry shown smoke sprinklers Sterling Machine Company Stop and Shop Swampscott three-story total loss totally destroyed U.S. National Guard Union Street Vamp Building Washington Street wood-joist construction