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The Chelsea Fire of 1973

October 15 1973 / The day after picture of the Great Chelsea Fire of 1973 shows the total devastation caused by the the fire. The fire area was almost entirely within the perimeters of two urban renewal projects - a planned $14.6 million industrial park and a proposed $2.3 million residential project.

The Boston Globe

Oct. 15, 1973: The ruins still smoldered the day after the Great Chelsea Fire of 1973. The fire area was almost entirely within the perimeters of two urban renewal projects - a planned $14.6 million industrial park and a proposed $2.3 million residential project.

Chelsea was on fire again. Already the scene of one of the biggest fires in the history of the country in 1908, the city was engulfed anew on October 14, 1973. A new inferno had begun just a few hundred yards from the original fire. The scope of the conflagration is difficult to imagine, with 18 city blocks burned right down to the ground. Over 600 people lost their jobs when businesses went up in flames along with homes as over 300 buildings burned. Help from 67 Massachusetts fire departments poured into Chelsea, and with a mile-long area on fire, there was plenty of work to go around. No one was killed. Lane Turner and Lisa Tuite

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