Monday, April 27, 2009

Fire on Franklin

A three-alarm fire stopped traffic on Franklin Avenue between Greene and Gates Avenues this afternoon, but appeared to be under control by 6:30 PM when the first three photos above were taken. The fire gutted a detached wood-frame house (last two photos) at approximately 378 Franklin Avenue, just south of Quincy, but did not seem to have spread to surrounding structures. A local woman who had spoken with a firefighter said the house had been vacant for some time and that no one was hurt in the blaze. The third alarm was rung, according to her source, because of a faulty fire hydrant on the north side of Quincy that left firefighters short of water.

A small crowd had gathered by the time I arrived on my bike, but the mood was calm. One woman approached the firefighters to say "You're doing a great job. Thank you so much." When she returned to the curb, she remarked, "After 9/11, I just get chills thinking about what they do. We sometimes think differently about the cops, but these guys are stepping into an inferno."


  1. Does anyone know about the background of this house? I used to walk past it all the time and wondered. It must be of similar vintage to this one:

    I'd be interested to find out, there aren't really that many detached residences in the area. Maybe it's something special?

    1. Happened upon this post. In case you have comment notifications, you might be interested in this older photo of the same building from my blog, taken a few months after this post during condemnation:

      According to my notes from 2009, these buildings were built before 1869. I took a peek to see if I could find any other records. The northern house was owned and inhabited by G. W. Paine, a lawyer working at 34 Pine St, in Manhattan. Paine had listed it for rent in 1869, calling it a "first-class frame house, 13 rooms all improvements." Can't find out much about Paine or any of the previous owners, though.

      There were two more large mansions around the corner on Quincy. Check out this 1904 map: -- The buildings there now look like newer additions.