After the fire started on Boston Street, it spread quickly to Bridge Street and throughout the leather district in the Blubber Hollow section of Salem. Many of the multistory tanneries in the district were sprinklered, but since many were also of wood-frame construction, water from the sprinklers was not sufficient to save the buildings. More than thirty buildings and over 1,400 jobs were lost due to the fire. The leather district in Salem never recovered. Many companies rebuilt in neighboring Peabody, Massachusetts.
undated [June 25, 1914]
Blubber Hollow (Salem, Mass.); Boston Street (Salem, Mass.); Bridge Street (Salem, Mass.); Conflagrations; Leather industry and trade - Massachusetts - Salem; Tanneries
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