The Great Chelsea Fire of 1973, NFPA Documentary




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Published on Oct 11, 2013

CHELSEA, MA: The Second Great Chelsea Fire, City of Chelsea, MA, Oct 14, 1973. 18 city blocks were destroyed as a conflagration raged in 50MPH winds, centered on the Chelsea "Rag District", a several-block area of densely packed and dilapidated wood-frame storage buildings, housing paper and textile scrap for the junk and recycling industry.

1200 firefighters from 111 fire departments responded to Chelsea. The fire was eventually stopped when several blocks of tenement buildings were sacrificed in order to set up a valiant head-on stand at the Williams School.

Raw digitization of original film published by the National Fire Protection Association, 1974. Original recording has only one audio channel (right speaker only).


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