This Day in Norwood History- September 3

Chemical Blast Averted At Norwood Paint Co. Fire

PAINT FACTORY ruins in Norwood after fire and explosion this morning.

03 Sep 1963, Tue The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts)

NORWOOD—Tons of water were poured on dozens of 50-gatlon drums loaded with chemicals to prevent massive explosions as a fire raced through a nearby wooden storage building of the King Paint Co. Pleasant st, at 8:45 a.m. today inside the blazing two-story building at the rear of the plant there were several minor explosions of smaller paint and chemical containers.

Nobody was injured in the general alarm fire that ruined the elongated building and caused damage estimated at $7500.

Fire Chief Irving Dobson said cause of the fire was not immediately determined.

The huge drums were piled outside theater age building.

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