The Elliott Chambers Fire
Memorial FoundationThe Elliott Chambers Fire Memorial Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to memorialize the victims of the historic fire that took the lives of 15 people on July 4, 1984. The memorial was dedicated on July 1, 2010 before a crowd of 100 people which included families, friends & community leaders.
Beverly resident Amanda Mazzaglia and then-City Councilor John Burke formed The Elliott Chambers Fire Memorial Foundation in 2009 and enlisted the services of documentary producer James Maroney.
John J. Burke
The "Elliott Chambers" building was demolished on July 8, 2009. 25 years after the fire claimed 15 lives on July 4, 1984.
James Maroney shooting the demolition of the Elliott Chambers building.
(photo by Ian Hurley/Wicked Local)On
Monday, March 2, 2009, the Beverly Planning Board voted 7-0 to approve
construction of a 13,000-square-foot CVS Pharmacy with a drive-through
pharmacy. The CVS officially opened in February of 2010.
Image courtesy of Kevin Paton of BKS Architects, Inc.
The MemorialMazzaglia, Burke and Maroney asked the Beverly Planning Board to include space for a natural stone memorial and bronze plaque with the names of the 15 people who lost their lives in the fire. The approved plan allows for the memorial within a 30-square-foot section at the corner of Elliott and Rantoul Street. Two benches are along side the memorial.
Tom "Satch" Kerans performing his original song, Elliot 15
on the benches at the memorial park dedication.
(photo by Michael Naimo Photography)
Satch has recorded original music that will be
featured in the upcoming documentary.
The songs are currently available
Included are songs such as Sweet Little Ralph, Elliot 15, and (Dry Your Eyes) It's The Fourth of July.
Memorial Plaque & Stone
The bronze plaque on a blue stone was dedicated on November 17, 2011
in memory of Ralph Nickerson who attended the Fairview Elementary School in Auburn, Maine. Ralph a fourth grade student died in the Elliott Chambers fire at the age of 9 when he was visiting his beloved grandmother Hattie Whary for the 4th of July holiday in 1984.
Hattie and Ralph's brother Rick Nickerson also perished in the fire. The community of Auburn now has a place to remember Ralph with a memorial placed under a beautiful cherry tree at the entrance of the school.