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Quite a stir was created in the vicinity of the hospital at about half-past four yesterday afternoon by the appearance of flames issuing from the large tower behind the clock tower. The fire was first discovered by one of the painters employed at the Nurses’ Home, who gave the alarm to a member of the hospital staff. The latter at once telephoned for the Fire Brigade. In the meantime the hospital staff and the workmen of Mr Lyders, employed in the erection of the new kitchen, lost no time in getting the house hose to work, and they had almost succeeded in subduing the flames by the time the brigade, who were prompt in their attendance, arrived on the scene. The outbreak was caused by the soot in the upper portion of the kitchen chimney, the top of which is almost flush with the edge of the tower, catching fire. The top of the chimney, which is very difficult to clean, is extended by ordinary galvanised piping, and it was in that part that the fire-origi-nated. A strong wind was blowing in the direction of the tower, and it is thought that some sparks got blown in through the louvres of the upper portion of the tower and settled amongst some birds’ nests, which afforded good kindling material. The woodwork was destroyed, the whole damage being estimated at about £lO. The mainportion of the building is insured in the Victoria Office for £4,000, With the exception of a slight shock, none of the patients suffered from the commotion. When once the new kitchen, which is now well in hand, is completed, the chimney in question will be removed, so that there is very little likelihood of a fire breaking out in that particular place again.

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FIRE AT THE HOSPITAL., Issue 10475, 19 November 1897

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FIRE AT THE HOSPITAL. Issue 10475, 19 November 1897

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