WORCESTER STATE HOSPITAL FIRE
5 Alarms of Devastation
by D. M. Wenc
About the Book
32 Pages Softcover. Features over fifty color photographs of the devastating five-alarm fire that engulfed the Worcester State Hospital mental hospital on July 22, 1991. Photo only book, documents the fire from that day in 1991.
Worcester State Hospital was a state run mental hospital / asylum for the mentally ill, built upon the hills of Worcester, Massachusetts. Around 1873, the Worcester State Hospital building construction was completed and was of the notable Kirkbride Building design. The hospital housed and treated thousands of patients during its time.
On July 22, 1991 a fast moving fire swept through the historic Worcester State Hospital building and changed its face forever. Over one hundred Worcester firefighters battled the five-alarm blaze and were assisted by mutual aid companies from the Grafton, Millbury, Shrewsbury, Sterling, Holden, Northborough, Auburn, Leicester and West Boylston fire departments.
Just around 2:30 p.m. the Worcester Fire Alarm struck a box for a working fire at the Worcester State Hospital located on Belmont Street. Within ten minutes of the initial dispatch, the Worcester Fire Chief called for the fourth alarm. A lack of water supply on that day might have hindered the firefighting efforts in battling this quick moving massive fire. One of the largest fires in the history of the City of Worcester.