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GREAT FIRE IN LLYERi'OOL, On Friday night one of the most serious fires which have for many years occurred in Liverpool broke out upon the premises of Compton House, Church-street and Basnett-street, in the occupation of Messrs. J. and W. Jeffery and Co., drapers, cabinet makers, clothiers, <fec., and resulted in the entire destruction of that estab- lishment, which was one of the most extensive in the provinces, and contained a most costly as well as varied Jtock. The premises when closed at their ordinary time pre- sented no appearance that indicated the frightful calamity which was about to occur. There are about SO young ladies and nearly 100 young men in the es- tablishment, most of whom at the close of business went to various kinds of recreation, and returned to Compton House shortly before the fire occurred. Even Hu n there was nothing to awaken alarm; but about ten o'clock the fire was discovered. At the Basnett-street side was the main entrance to the domestic part of the house, and on the police officers going to this door they observed smoke issuing from the basement of the build- ing, which was termed "the shipping department"—that is to say, that part ot 1 he establishment devoted to the outfit of captains, emigrants, &c. When the first encine arrived the firemen found that the fi imes were raging in the shipping department im- mediately beneath the cabinet, and upholstery room fronting Williamson-street. The scene was a most ex- citing one the flames were roaring up from the base- ment floor, fanned by the draught, and causing a noise like an immense furnace. Shortly before eleven o'clock smoke was seen issuing from the windows in Church- street, and flames from the windows in Basnett-street. The fire was then rapidly spreading over the lower Sirtions of the builuing, and the shutters on the asnett-street side became red-hot and fell in, re- vealing at once that the whole of tho basement was a mass of flames. Whilst the destructive element was thus at work, a most exciting scene presented itseif iu Leith-street, forming the back portion of the premises. Although the alarm had been so speed- ily given to the assistants, many of them found that egress by the staircases was cut off in consequence of the dense smoke, and thirteen young ladies were shut up in a sitting-room, for wdiose safety great apprehensions were entertained. Ladders were procured, and one by one, the fainring, screaming creatures were brought down and deposited in the street, many of them having saved only the clothes in which they stood. There were also sle eping in a part of the building the family of Mr. Cook, one of the superintendents. Two of the children were gallantly saved by a Miss Wall, an assistant in Compton House, who brought them down the stairs wrapped in blankets; and Mr. Cook's son, Mark, saved a younger brother. All the inmates were rescued, but one lady fell from the ladder and was slightly injured. The fire continued to rage with unabated fury, and rapidly spread through all the departments to the roof, which about twelve o'clock fell in, and the pile was one enormous mass of fire from the foundation upwards. The premises of Messrs. Williams and Jones were also consumed, and at one time the spaiks ignited the Car- narvon Castle public House, Williamson street, and other buildings, but they were fortunately extinguished, though damaged by water. The premises and stock are insured, but Messrs. Jef- fery, it is said, will still sustain a heavy loss. It is esti- mated that the loss will not be less than from £ 200,000 to £ 300 000. The safes and their contents were found to be in ad- mirable condition, and no valuable books, cash, or jew- ellery arc lost. This fire will be a sad blow to nearly 1,200 persons, who will be for some time out of employ- ment. The fire is supposed to have originated with a stove, though there are suspicions of incendiarism ifloat.

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