This 1940’s photo shows a fire at 656 Washington st.
Businesses that are visible include
Orent Bros Clothing store, currently Mizuya Japanese Restaurant
Cummings Co, currently Limey’s Pub
Gearty’s Shoes, currently Victoria’s cafe
Lewan’s Dry Cleaning, Cantor’s Menswear, Stearns Deli and Carroll’s
In the rear of the building to the right of the smoke you can see 9 and 15 Vernon street with onlookers gathered to watch the fire.