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. THE GREAT FIRE AT LIVERPOOL.

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THE GREAT FIRE AT LIVERPOOL. The extensive establishment of Messrs Jeffery, Compton-house, was totally destroyed by fire on Friday night. It was a block of buildings in Church Street, and Basnett-street, of colossal proportions. A large number of the persons, male and female, employed by the firm slept on the premises. At ten o clock on Friday night two police-officers were .< 4 tbpir beat in Tarleton-street, when they .o-e;v d smoke issuing from the basement of Compton-house, which is used as the outfitting i-P trtment. One instantly gave the alarm to the ,mates of the domestic department, and the other hastened to the Fire Police station in Hatten- garden. The sections of police had just assembled for night duty; and an engine and a body of men were promptly despatched and quickly followed up by others. Among these was the powerful steam- engine recertly purchased. It would appear that the fire must have obtained considerable hold be- fore it was discovered and the inflammable ma- terials fed it, unfortunately, & rendered it more than a match for the water, immense though its volume, which was thrown upon it. The alarm having been so promptly given, the inmates of the domestic part of the building abutting on Leigh Street were fortunately rescued without any serious mishap. Several of the female assistants bad retired to rest, and the fire spread so rapidly that they had only time to throw blankets around each other, and, putting themselves in the care of the firemen, to reach the street in safety. On the first arrival of the engines the seat of the fire was believed to be in the basement on the Tartleton Street side of the premises. Accordingly every effort was made to get jets to play upon this. Considerable delay and impediment were caused by the iron shutters and when the firemen by dint of axe and crowbar, succeeded in forcing a way through these, a dense volume of smoke and name forced them back. Major Greig then seized a hydrant, and with great resolutioB and exertion forced his way into the building. Other jets were then brought in, and it was hoped for a few minutes the flames were being mastered. The hope, however, was delusive, and the fire, spreading in the direction of Basnett Street, soon gaT e evidence that its force would only be spent by the destruction of the entire block. The shatters in Bassnett Street became red-hot, and Jell in. During this time the steam-engine was throwing an immense volume of water into the burning pile. In the meantime the news had spread far and wide. Forty men from Her Ma- jesty s ship Donegal came and rendered most valuable assistance. The West of England Fire Brigade, under Mr Superintendent Hurst were in attendance with their respective engines. Every effort to stop the progress of the fire tailed. At midnight the flames burst through the roof, floor after floor gave way, and very soon nothing of the building remained only the blackened walls. The loss is immense, and the fear is that it may far exceed the amount of the insurance. As usual at this period of the year, there was a heavy stock, of which not a vestige remains. The immense block of building must also represent a very heavy sum. The total loss, as far as can be at preseut estimated, will probably exceed £200,000. Messrs Jeffery are insured for £140,000. including :£30,000 in the Liverpool and London office; dE16,500inthe Norwich Union; f 10,000 Royal; £5,000 West of England; £5,000 Manchester; £3.000 Atl £ 2,000 Yorkshire £2,000 Bir- mingham; ,000 Alliance; £2,000 Scottish Fire and Life, and considerable sums in other offices. As to the origin of the fire it will probably be never known. There were flues and hot-air passages in many part*, and no doubt the overheating of one of these has led to the melancholy disaster. Some persons attribute it to the escape of gas. During the whole of Saturday and Sunday, owing to the dangerous state of the unsupported walls, the half of Church Street was barricaded, and every point commanding a view has been thronged by those anxious to obtain a sight of all that remains of Compton-house.âLiverpool Albion.

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