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The Vendome Hotel fire, 50 years later

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The Vendome Hotel fire, 50 years later

The Vendome Hotel fireplace in Boston on June 17, 1972, stays the largest line-of-duty dying toll in the town. Nine firefighters missing their lives preventing that blaze.

Guest columnist Kevin Duffy paid homage to all those guys the other working day (backlink in this article to his column.) And today’s “From the Archives” entry shares the entrance webpages that carried the grim news.

Vendome Hotel fire anniversary
The Vendome Hotel fire in Boston on June 17, 1972, charge nine city firefighters their lives and continues to be the premier line-of-obligation loss of life toll in the metropolis. (Herald archives.)

Vendome Lodge hearth working day 1

Vendome hearth working day 2

You’ll see that Day 2 incorporates a discover from the publisher that the Document American and Boston Herald Traveler had merged. But the coverage of initially-responders continues to be in this paper’s DNA. When the photographs ring out, the alarm bells ring or a person is unwell or hurt, police, hearth, EMTs and reservists operate at the risk. Insert medical professionals, nurses and Fantastic Samaritans to that equation. On the h2o, the Coastline Guard and fellow boaters are also heroes among us.

That’s why we’re devoting nowadays to the Vendome Lodge fireplace.

As the Boston Hearth Historial Culture reviews, the lodge was celebrated for its “Parisian magnificence, stately decor and site fronting the Commonwealth Avenue shopping mall.” But it fell into disrepair and was going to be remodeled into luxury apartments.

On Saturday, June 17, 1972, that all improved. Fire broke out, 100 clients in a cafe ran out and quickly a hearth on the higher flooring and areas of the making collapsing value 9 firefighters their life. The previous hurt firefighter was rescued the upcoming day, Father’s Day.

People who died were:

Fireplace Lieutenant Thomas J. Carroll
Fireplace Lieutenant John E. Hanbury
Fireplace Fighter Charles E. Dolan
Hearth Fighter Joseph P. Saniuk
Hearth Fighter John E. Jameson
Hearth Fighter Thomas W. Beckwith
Fireplace Fighter Paul J. Murphy
Fireplace Fighter Richard B. Magee
Fireplace Fighter Joseph F. Boucher, Jr.

To quote Kevin Duffy’s superb column: “There weren’t lots of people today there when it came down, then. But there ended up some there ended up the seventeen Boston firefighters that came down with it, and underneath it. 8 of them survived. For the other 9 and their family members, so significantly far more came down with the Vendome Lodge, 50 a long time ago this 7 days.”

He’s proper in adding “passersby on Commonwealth Avenue could possibly occasionally halt to notice a certain monument at Dartmouth Road … (and) thank and honor” those people who died “doing their positions.”

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