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DISASTROUS FIRE AT MALPAS.

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DISASTROUS FIRE AT MALPAS. Late on Saturday night, when most of the inhabitants had retired to rest, an alarm of fire was received at the Jubilee Hall, Malpas, and within a very few minutes after the signal was given the streets were crowded, for the illumination caused by the outbreak lighted up the entire centre of the town. Without a doubt the aiarm bad been given none too soon, for the interior of Mr. Shuttlewood's shop was nothing short of a blazing furnace. So firm a hold had the flames got upon the contents, most of which were of a highly inflammable nature, that the houses on each side appeared to be in imminent danger indeed by the time the engine had got to work smoke was plainly seen issuing through the crevices and windows of the New Inn. Fortunately, however, by dint of their untiring efforts, the fire brigade prevented the fire from extending to either the upper portion of Mr. Shuttlewood's shop, or to the adjoining property, and by two o'clock the outbreak was extinguished. It was about a quarter past eleven o'clock when P.C. Harrison discovered the fire, and while he was raising the alarm a violent explosion, which was heard all over the town, blew out the shop windows. From this circum- stance the fire increased with alarming rapidity, for there was about a quar- ter of an hour's delay in obtaining water from the mains to supply the engine, which bad been already manned by a complement of willing pumpers. Mean- while the firemen, with commendable alacrity, were at their posts with two lengths of hose from the engine, and a third was attached to the hydrant opposite the Wyvern Hotel. When the supply did come, the three jets very soon had a telling effect, and in the course of about 2 hours the fire was practically extinguished, not, however, before the shop had been gutted from front to back. Too much praise cannot be given to the firemen, who one and all worked with the greatest perseverance. We learn that the shop and stock are both insured.

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