In a windswept town made of wood-framed buildings jam-packed together, fire is a dreadful and relentless enemy. That’s why you don’t have to walk far to see more than one fire house. It was for good reason that they seemed to be everywhere along Commercial: No. 117, No. 189, No. 254, No. 351, and No. 514. Volunteer companies were summoned to their houses by an alarm sounded at Town Hall. Two blasts were a call for Pumper Company No. 2, whose quarters were here. This station was decommissioned in 1988. A project to turn it into a visitor information center with public restrooms got under way in 1999. After repeated hurdles, the restrooms opened in 2010 when the late Sandy Turner, the assistant director of public works, cut a ceremonial ribbon of toilet paper.
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