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Great Fire in London.

A fire of immense proportions, andacccmd only in importance and disiatrous consequences to the famous Wood street conflagration, raged upon the boundaries of the boundaries of the City from four o'ojook until half-past seven in the morning of May 6, and attacked and partially destroyed no fewer than twenty-four warehouses. Nearly half the strength 'of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade took part in the work of extinction, and all their efforts could sot prevent damage being caused to property to an amount estimated at half-a-million pounds. The fire burnt, though under control, throughout the whole of the day. The scene of the conflagration was an immense blook of warehouse premises between Moore lane and Milton street The fire broke out in the very centre of the block, at the City Soap Works, owned by and belonging to Messrs D. and W. Gibbs, soap manufacturers. The. police earliest on the spot took instant steps to raise the alarm. Soon the warehouses on every side began to catch, the flames spreading at first from Messrs Gibbs's property into the upper floors of the warehouse of Messrs A. E. Walker, stationers, in Milton street, and then similarly attacking the warehouse of Messrs Dann and Co., agents, and Mr F. Ronsteli, picture dealer. The fire then ran along the backs of the other warehouses in Milton street until fourteen of them were on fire. Butter street, the thoroughfare joining Moor lane and Milton street, became completely enveloped in flames, which burst out at the end of the soap mills, when the,wall partially collapsed, and instantly flared across to the row of warehouses on the opposite side, As the morning advanced, the persistent efforts of the firemen began to have their, effect, and by seven o'clock Captain Shaw was able to circulate the official "stop" message. Although during the progress of the fire' several heavy falls of flooring and brickwork; occurred, there were fortunately no | casualties.

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Great Fire in London., Issue 7947, 1 July 1889

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Great Fire in London. Issue 7947, 1 July 1889

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