Cutler Bros. Grocery and Grain, corner of Water and Main Streets, July, 1911

Title:

Cutler Bros. Grocery and Grain, corner of Water and Main Streets, July, 1911

Creator:

D'Onofrio, Jayne M.

Publisher:

[Wakefield, Mass.]:;Wakefield Municipal Gas & Light Department,

Date:

2000

Description:

Photo courtesy of the Wakefield Historical Society.

"After a five-day heat wave, an electrical storm tore through Wakefield on July 6, 1911. Accompanied by fierce winds from the southwest, the storm's vivid and continuous lightning hit several homes and buildings, injured many people, and tore up great trees by the roots. One bolt of lightning struck the wires on the pole at the corner of Water and Main Streets, entering the three-story Cutler Bros. building, setting off a spectacular blaze which threatened to 'wipe out the central manufacturing and business district.' The building was fully engulfed, and when the fire was out, several businesses were destroyed, including the grocery store, the Wakefield Paper Box Manufacturing Company (occupants of the third floor), and Godfrey & Barnard's Quannapowitt Bowling Alley and Pool Hall (in the basement). The total loss was set at $60,667. Other buildings were destroyed, including the Co. A 6th Regiment Armory, and a cottage house occupied by the Reynolds family. At the height of the blaze, the scene was a mass of tangled and dangling live wires. Members of the light department, along with representatives from the telephone company, and the Boston and Northern Street Railway, responded to the fire to cut off power. Work to restore service began the next day, as can be seen in the photograph." -- Text from calendar by Jayne M. D'Onofrio.

Subject:

Grocery trade -- Massachusetts -- Wakefield -- Photographs; Fires -- Massachusetts -- Wakefield -- History -- 20th century.

Wakefield (Mass.) -- History -- Pictorial works.

Collection :

Wakefield Municipal Gas & Light Department calendars

Tags :

Citation :

D'Onofrio, Jayne M., "Cutler Bros. Grocery and Grain, corner of Water and Main Streets, July, 1911," in NOBLE Digital Heritage, Item #11959, http://heritage.noblenet.org/items/show/11959 (accessed October 20, 2014).