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A disastrous fire gutted a cabinet makers’ and builders’ works on Monday [[Date::4 Jan 1909]], causing £7,000 of damages, with the fire burning for a number of hours before being extinguished and final damping down taking several days.
 
A disastrous fire gutted a cabinet makers’ and builders’ works on Monday [[Date::4 Jan 1909]], causing £7,000 of damages, with the fire burning for a number of hours before being extinguished and final damping down taking several days.
 
== Detail ==
 
== Detail ==
The fire broke out at the premises occupied by [[Messrs Holdoway and Tapner]], upholsterers, and [[Messrs Simmonds and Co]], cabinet makers, builders and contractors, in [[Waterworks Road]]. The whole of the local [[Fire Brigade|fire brigade]] turned out, except for one section held in reserve in St Leonards. A huge crowd watched in [[Queens Road]] and the tram traffic was entirely suspended there. The premises involved had a narrow frontage onto [[Waterworks Road]], but extended to a considerable depth and were surrounded by shops on the [[Queens Road]] side, at the rear by [[Messrs Charles Crew and Co]] builders merchants shops, and on the [[gas works]] side by the same firm’s yard, stores and works.  
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The fire broke out at the premises occupied by [[Messrs Holdoway and Tapner]], upholsterers, and [[Messrs Simmonds and Co]], cabinet makers, builders and contractors, in [[Waterworks Road]]. The whole of the local [[Fire Brigade|fire brigade]] turned out, except one section held in reserve in St Leonards. A huge crowd watched in [[Queens Road]] and the tram traffic was entirely suspended there. The premises involved had a narrow frontage onto [[Waterworks Road]], but extended to a considerable depth and were surrounded by shops on the [[Queens Road]] side, at the rear by [[Messrs Charles Crew and Co]] builders merchants shops, and on the [[gas works]] side by the same firm’s yard, stores and works.  
  
 
The front building was of six storeys and was originally used as a [[Feaist's Steam Mill|flour mill]]. The rear of the smaller building attached to the front structure was used by Messrs Simmonds as a carpenters’ and plumbers’ shop store and office and paint shop, and the remainder as a timber stores. The building had a massive concrete floor, part of which collapsed, and tons of timber were lost.  
 
The front building was of six storeys and was originally used as a [[Feaist's Steam Mill|flour mill]]. The rear of the smaller building attached to the front structure was used by Messrs Simmonds as a carpenters’ and plumbers’ shop store and office and paint shop, and the remainder as a timber stores. The building had a massive concrete floor, part of which collapsed, and tons of timber were lost.  
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The blaze was said to be the biggest since the [[Jenkins Fire]] 17 years before, though some said the [[Mastins Fire]] of a few years back was bigger.
 
The blaze was said to be the biggest since the [[Jenkins Fire]] 17 years before, though some said the [[Mastins Fire]] of a few years back was bigger.
 
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