The Engine 31 firehouse along Commercial Street in Boston’s North End, following the 1919 Boston Molasses Disaster. Image courtesy of Boston Public Library.
The scene in 2014:
As mentioned in this post, the Engine 31 firehouse was located right next to the molasses storage tank, and was knocked off of its foundation by the 25-foot wave that resulted when the tank burst. One firefighter, George Layhe, was trapped under the building and drowned in the molasses. Today, the scene along the waterfront is a public park, with little evidence of its industrial past or the disaster that occurred here 95 years ago.