BOSTON — This stunning image of firefighters from the Boston Fire Department is from Bill Brett’s files that he helped unearth for the city’s archives for a project many years ago. Shown in this photograph is of the firehouse on Huntington Avenue at the corner of Ruggles Street and Huntington Avenue. The crew shown is of Engine 37 and Ladder company 26 — the same crews that today w occupy the station near Longwood and…

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ROXBURY– This photo was taken in 1965 at a fire on Harrison Avenue. The 21-year-old woman survived with the help of Boston Police Patrolman James Donovan. The Globe ran a version of the photo with underpants painted on. That was considered an OK thing to do in those days. (We’ve included the Globe clip below as well.) The Herald ran the photo with polka dot underpants painted on. The attached clip shows another version. PHOTO…

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DORCHESTER — A Go Fund Me fundraising page has been set up to help the extended family of 14 and their two dogs that were displaced in a multiple alarm fire on Allston Street in Dorchester on Saturday. You can help them via this link. According to Caught in Dot, the all of the residents go out of the building, but they lost all of their belongings. The cleanup of the street was ongoing as…

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BOSTON — The Revere Hotel hosted a solemn gathering on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, with survivors of the tragic fire that killed more than 490 people in the Cocoanut Grove dinner club. Revere Hotel Tim Brett hosted several survivors of the Cocoanut Grove fire including Marshall Cole, shown in these photos that were taken by Bill Brett. The raging fire started in the basement of the restaurant late on Saturday, Nov. 28, 1942, and quickly…

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