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Ashburnham, Massachusetts, USA (South Ashburnham)
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Fire Also Destroys Houses and Buildings in North Ashburnham, Mass.

NORTH ASHBURNHAM, Mass., July 4. - Boys celebrating the Fourth are thought to have started a fire which burned the Old Congregational Church, five dwelling houses, and other buildings today. The loss is estimated at $20,000.

The church building was 70 years old. It was formerly owned by the Congregational Society, but lately has been used as a general place of worship. Boys who climbed the old belfry to ring the Fourth of July bells are supposed to have dropped a match or cigarette, which started the fire.

Only one of the dwelling houses burned was occupied.

The New York Times

New York, New York

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