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Massive fire in Boston destroys new six-story mechanical steam bakery

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02/05/1859
Russell's Mechanical Steam Bakery on Commercial Street in Boston was completely destroyed in a fire that broke out at eleven o'clock in the evening. The recently completed and furnished six-story brick bakery extended the length of a city block and went back 120 feet from the street. Several injuries occurred when walls crumbled into neighboring homes but no deaths took place although police barely had time to push back a 500 person crowd that had gathered before the whole stone front of the building collapsed into the street. The losses estimated to the bakery alone were a massive $100,000. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Edward H. Savage, Police Records and Recollections, or Boston by Daylight and Gaslight (Boston: John P. Dale and Company, 1873), 217-218.

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