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MR. RICHARD BETHELL AGAIN.

FOUNDERING OF THE STEAMSHIP…

I REWARDS TO INFORMERS: THE…

, A NIGHT IN A WORKHOUSE.

APPALLING LIFEBOAT ACCIDENT.

A SINGULAR. TRIAL AND AN EXTRAORDINARY…

DESTR-UC TIVE FIRE AT ROTHERHITHE.

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DESTR-UC TIVE FIRE AT ROTHERHITHE. Eebrly on Tuesday morning a fire occurred at Rother- nithe, destroying in a few hours manufactured goods of very great value in the aggregate, and the building containing them—a large warehouse of two floors, covering about three-quarters of an acre of ground, with a frontage towards the Thames. The premises were situated in Rotherhithe-street, directly opposite the entrance to the Thames-tannel on the Surrey side of the river, and were in the occupation of Mr. H. Levy, a sack manufacturer in a large way of business. si5 secoa(* occasion within the last five years that Mr. Lavy's warehouse and stock there have baen destroyed by fire, and the building which was burnt on this-occasion had been erected on the site of one which perished in a fire on the night of the 20th of June, 1861, a day or two before the memorable con- flagration near London-bridge. It consisted of two floors, about 85 feet by 60 feet, and was densely packed with new sacks, tightly pressed in bales and gunny bags, which, being made of jute, were extremely inflammable. The fire broke out about half-past two in the morning, in a corner of the upper floor, and on the land side of the building. It was speedily fanned into a flame by a smart breeze from the south-west, and in half an hour afterwards the place was in a blaze, lighting up the whole district for miles round. It carried its own alarm to the head-quarters of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade in Watling-street, and Captain Shaw, the chief superintendent, with a num- bar of men and engines, proceeded to the spot. En- gineer Gerard, from the Lucas-street fire station, which is in the immediate neighbourhood, had re- ceived a verbal summons previously, and was at the scene of the fire with an engine and five men when the rest of the brigade arrived. Altogether four powerful laiid steamers, two hand engines, and a floating engine, with forty-six men, were engaged in extin- guishing the fire; but, in spite of them, it was not under control until about six in the morning, and the rums continued to smoulder throughout the whole of the day. It was at its height about four in the morn- ing. By that time the floor, extending throughout the whole length of the building, and which had given way in places as the fire progressed and the mesal pillars supporting it became red hot, had fallen in with a crash, as had also the roof. Presently afterwards the main waJl en the south side toppled over into Rotherhithe-street, and then that fronting the river, leaving only the two gables standing, with an immense mass of inflammable material blazing between. The building was fortu- nately isolated on all sides, and the wind blew towards the river, so that the fire was confined to it, though it scorched an adjoining granary in the occupation of Mr. A. F. Timothy. It is somewhat remarkable that the same Mr. Timothy's premises there were destroyed by fire about a year ago, as were those adjoining Mr. Levy, the present safferer, a few years ago. More remarkable still is the fact that during he fire of Tuesday morning the workshop of Messrs. Shuttle and Ward, boatbuilders, Church street, in the same neighbourhood, caught fire, and a young man related to Mr. Shuttle, one of the firm, was found upon the premises, jUff¡ after the fire was discovered, under circumstances which induced the police, whose suspicions had been excited, to take him before a magistrate at Green- wich, by whom he was remanded, after undergoing a preliminary examination. A match and a pipe were found upon him, and his explanation was that he was on his way home from the fire at Mr. Levy's ware- house when found near his uncle's workshop, where the fire had just broken out: but the police say that was out of the direct way to his residence. As it happened, the fire was put out before it became serious, but not before some unfinished work had been burnt. Besides, two separate fires were found on the premises when the alarm was given. There was also a fire at night in the premises of the same firm of boat-builders a few months ago. Both the building and stock in the case of Mr. Lavy are understood to be insured, as are also those of Mr. Timothy, some of whose stock was slightly damaged by water. As ta Mr. Levy's stock, there will be considerable salvage.

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FOUNDERING OF THE AMALIA STEAM,SHIP.

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