Another suspicious fire
The oil stores of Brooks, Thomas and Company, of Potter’s Alley, off Marlborough Street, were burnt in a fire this morning. The store, which housed large quantities of oil and turpentine, was ablaze by the time the fire brigade arrived, and one fireman equated the scene to a lake of fire.
Fortunately two adjoining tenement buildings were saved, but the terrified occupants had to be accompanied out of the building by firemen. The damage is estimated at £400-500, and all the contents of the store house, with the exception of a few cans of varnish, and bizarrely, a large box of matches, were destroyed. The cause of the fire is as yet unknown, but once more rumours abound that the fire may be associated with the ongoing industrial unrest.