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40 years later: the Second Great Lynn Fire revisited

(Photo by James McDonald)

Capt. Jim Barry stands on top of Engine 1 with firefighters Sal Sabbio and Bob Kimber during the Second Great Lynn Fire.

(Photo by James McDonald)

A hand-illustrated map of the area affected by the conflagration of 1981.

(Photo by Lynn Fire Department)

By daybreak, the fire had not lost any of its velocity. It took 80 fire departments about 15 hours to knock down the blaze.

(Photo by Lynn Fire Department)

The majority of the destroyed buildings were former shoe factories.

(Photo by Lynn Fire Department)

The city's recovery was almost unthinkable at the time. Today, North Shore Community College stands where a massive portion of the fire's damage was done.

(Photo by Lynn Fire Department)

The Daily Evening Item's Walter Hoey was responsible for a massive cache of photos of the Second Great Lynn Fire.

(Photo by Walter Hoey)
LYNN ― On Saturday evening, the Lynn Museum hosted a presentation on a dark chapter of the city’s history that nevertheless burns bright in memory. On the night before the…

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