Elliott Chambers Fire Memorial & Documentary Film "Fire at Davis Drug"

15 Lives Lost

July 4, 1984

Beverly, MA

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Elliott Chambers Fire Documentary Premiere 2021

The documentary, "Fire at Davis Drug" Remembering the Elliott Chambers Fire will be released in 2021. Please stay tuned for details.

The Elliott Chambers Fire Memorial is dedicated to the 15 souls who died on July 4, 1984. This memorial is a special place to reflect and remember those beautiful men, women and young boy who died in the horrific fire.


The Elliott Chambers Fire Memorial is located at the corner of

Elliott Street and Rantoul Street in front of the CVS in Beverly, MA.

Tom "Satch" Kerans playing his original song, "Elliott Chambers 15" at memorial dedication July 2010. His music will be featured in documentary.



Davis Drug billboard in flames above the Elliott Chambers Rooming House. A crane removed the billboard in order to safely remove bodies.

The below photos are from the July 1, 2010 dedication of the Elliott Chambers Fire Memorial.

Memorial stone with 15 names of victims lost in fire.
Kathie Belanger placing white rose at memorial.

Memorial stone with Beverly Engine 1 during ceremony.
Jimmy Maggiacomo, BFD speaking at ceremony.

In the early morning of July 4, 1984, a fire swept through a three-story rooming house above Davis Drug Pharmacy located at 434 Rantoul Street in Beverly, Massachusetts. The pre-dawn blaze took the lives of 15 people which is considered the highest death toll for arson in Massachusetts.

13 of the 36 residents at the Elliott Chambers rooming house died of burns or smoke inhalation when the swift-moving fire erupted. A 14th victim was killed when he jumped from a third-floor room trying to escape. The 15th victim died a few weeks later in a hospital.

The Elliott Chambers Fire Memorial was dedicated before a crowd of 100 people on July 1, 2010.

Elliott Chambers Fire Memorial w/Bench

Winter of 2011

Memorial Photos Courtesy:
James Maroney
Michael Naimo Photography
Fire Photos Courtesy:

Bob Battis
Other Photos:

Mark Teiwes, Salem News

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