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DAMAGE, TWO MILLIONS. [Per Press Association.—Copyright, j LONDON, November 20. The greatest fire in London since the Tooley street conflagration of August, 1861, occurred to-day. It originated through a gas explosion in Hamsell street, E.C., the centre of an enormous block of manufactories and warehouses. So strong a hold had the fire obtained and so rapidly did it spread that the firemen were at first powerless to cope with it. Well street, Hamsell street, and Jewin street were soon a mass of flames, and the premises comprising these streets were completely destroyed, as also wore parts of Nicholl square, Bradford avenue, Jewin orescent, Wood street, and Redcross street.

Much damage was also done to Australian avenue, Edmund place, Monkwell street, and Paul’s alley. ' St. Giles’s Church and rectory, Cripplegate, were seriously damaged. Many workmen and girls in the factories and warehouses narrowly escaped death. They frantically rushed* into the streets. Others were rescued from the roofs by fire escapes. Two firemen took refuge on a parapet 60ft high and were surrounded by flames, but were rescued with difficulty. Forty-one engines, all the fire brigades in the • metropolis, and the salvage companies were engaged fighting the flames for ten hours. There were many narrow escapes, but no fatalities are reported. The heat and falling debris destroyed the telegraph wires in all directions. _ The western boundary of the conflagration was Aldersgate street north, and the eastern Fore street, whore the scene of devastation was at its greatest, the wind extending it to a quarter of a mile. Over 100 warehouses and offices were burned. ‘ The damage is estimated af. two millions. The Goldsmiths’ Company are the chief holders of the freehold affected bv the fire. .

LONDON, November 21. Amongst the premises destroyed were the warehouses of Messrs Bing, Harris, and Go. and. of L. D. Nathan and Co. (pf Auckland). Both were situate in Hamsell street.

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FIRE IN LONDON CITY., Issue 10477, 22 November 1897

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FIRE IN LONDON CITY. Issue 10477, 22 November 1897

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