This is the day after the January 16th Sprague Block Fire in Hingham. Across the corner from the Sprague Block in 1862 the Southworth Building, where Winston’s Flowers is now, burned to the ground. In 1913 the building to the left of the Sprague burned and produced such heavy smoke that the inhabitants were overcome. In 1988 The Sprague Building itself was burned out also producing heavy smoke. In all three fires, hard work by residents and the firefighters prevented fire from consuming the whole downtown. Val S. Duff took this picture of the Sprague Block Sunday, January 17, 1988, the day after the fire which drove fourteen businesses to find new locations to operate until the building was repaired. The cause of the fire was never determined. It is interesting to note that in 1913, Dr. Duff, DDM (Val's father) was overcome by smoke and in 1988 (Val's son) Mark Duff (Fire Captain at the time) was also overcome by smoke. Text by Geri Duff.