Gutted by Fire

By dhowell - Posted on 03 January 2008

March 1908 saw the home of Moses Stalarsky destroyed by fire. The cry of fire and the ringing of the fire bell at the engine house about midnight Sunday awoke many from a sound sleep. The telephone girl in the Central station informed them that the Stalarsky home (in the early days known as the "shot tower") was on fire.

Moses hustled his little family out and ran to the engine house where nightwatchman Fisk rang the bell and men hauled the chemical engine to the scene. But the chemicals were soon exhausted. The engine "Juliet" was placed on Exchange Place Bridge and a hole cut in the ice but it all caused too much delay and the building was gutted.