[Adapted from the Springfield Republican, 11 Feb 1922.]
Melville Street Building is Badly Damaged—Body
of Woman Removed with Difficulty From Undertaker’s Rooms.
Pittsfield, Feb. 11—Fire which was still burning at 12:30 this morning caused damage estimated at $30,000 to the three-story brick block of James W. Meehan, undertaker, at 20 to 24 Melville Street. Mr. Meehan, his son, William, and an employee, John W. Davis were in the morgue on the first floor preparing the body of Mrs. James C. Brennan of 87 Second street for burial when one of them opened a door leading to the cellar and was met by a great wave of smoke and flame. A telephone alarm was first sent, to the central fire station, and was followed by an alarm from box 42 on the American house corner, and three minutes later by box 372, at the corner of North and Union streets. Twelve lines of hose were laid by the firemen.