Two members of the crew squad, rowing on the machines in Newell Boat House early yesterday afternoon, were suddenly surprised by the smell of smoke apparently coming from the ceiling. When traced to its source the smoke was found in the Varsity room.
In a few minutes three hook-and-ladders and seven chemical and hose trucks came from Brighton and Cambridge to fight the fire. Hose was dragged into the Varsity room and after the framed photographs of crews of past years had been religiously removed the entire room was well sprayed. Axes were used to cut holes in the ceiling and corner of the room where the smoke was worst. With great difficulty, because of the ice on the floats ladders were placed and firemen climbed to the roof where holes were made through the tiles and water was poured in. The fire was easily put out and it is believed that little real damage, was done.