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A TERRIBLE FIRE IN DUBLIN: AN AGONISING SCEAIB. The special correspondent of the Times gives the following harrowing account of a fire which took place in Dublin on Thursday :—The corner house of Westmoreland-street, adjoining Aston-quay, and just at Carlisle-bridge, has been recently rebuilt, and is occupied by the Ballast Board. The next house, numbered 19 and 20, was occupied by Mr. Delaney, a respectable merchant tailor. There were two front shops, one of which was let to a hatter named Williams, and both having very large plate-glass windows. A solicitor and a photographer occupied apartments on the drawing-room floor. The only persons in the house at the time of the fire were Mrs. Delaney and her three daughters, aged respectively 21,20, and 12 years, a ser- vant maid, and a gentleman named Strahan, aged 24, son of Mr. Strahan, proprietorof alarge furniture ware- house in Henry-street. He was a fine young man, and is said to have been engaged to Miss Delaney. Mr. Delaney had gone out to take a walk with his son, who is 16 or 18 years of age, little imagining that he would never again see a single member of the happy family which he had left behind him, probably conversing joyfully and hopefully about their plans for the future. A gentleman who was passing through Westmoreland- street about twenty or twenty-five minutes to nine o'clock states that he found the shutters of the hatter's shop down, and the interior a perfect furnace. The fire seemed then to be confined to the back shop, though rapidly tending frontwards. Just then the plate glass was either broken intentionally by some one anxious to extinguish the fire, or it was shattered by the intensity of the heat. The consequence was that thet current of air gave tremendous force to the flames, which rushed out with fury, seizing upon the windows of Mr. Delaney's shop, mounting upwards to the drawing-room, penetrating in its devouring course to all parts of the building, and with terrific rapidity bursting through floor after floor. Another gentleman states that when passing over Carlisle bridge at 20 minutes to nine o'clock he saw the smoke issuing from both shops, and presently the plate-glass windows fell to pieces with a loud crash, and the flames lighted up the sign-bcarde, and seized the next floor windows. At this time the attention of those who now crowded the streets were attracted to the top windows at the right hand side, next to the Ballast-office. There they beheld five agonised and terror-stricken people—a mother, her three young daughters, and a young man. The latter seemed calm and collected, soothing his companions, and pointing to the approaching fire- escape. The writer says that,- Fervent prayers went up from all present as the firemen put the machine to the wall, and the poor creatures above became calm, and seemed to think deliverance certain. But, oh! how shall I describe the shriek of utter despair which came from that window, when the frail and worthless play-toy which innocent citizens call a fite-escape ber like a willow, collapsed; and fell to the ground. That shriek I shall remember while life lasts. A fireman went up a few steps and tried to adjust the 'escape,' but the fire burst out then in all its fury, drove him off the ladder, shot up the side of the house like a lightning flash, and seemed to strike the victims in the very face. I saw them reel backward, heard them utter a stifled shriek, and disappear. Many who had arrived subsequently thought they had escaped by the roof," but no one who saw them at the time I speak of dared to hope so. Sorry should I be to take from the honour due to any brave :man who tries to save the life of a fellow, creature from a horrible death, and if I do so I shall be glad to be set right, but I must say that I often saw far more effort made to save a horse from a similar death thav was put forth for these poor human beings. The fire engines were not at work till the house was a furnace; the fire-escapes were miserable and cruel failur and all working them seemed to give up the victims to their fate after very little effort. In a veryshort time the top floor gave way, and the shrieking victims dis- appeared never to be seen again. When I went to the place at twelve o'clock on Thursday night people hoped that they might have escaped by the roof of one of the adjoining houses. They could easily have done so, for the window at which they stood is only a few feet from the top of the parapet. Mr. Strahan might have got out there, and pulled up the ladies, and passed them on to the roof of the Ballast-office, where they would have been quite safe; or with the aid of ropes, blankets, or some contrivance of the kind they might have been drawn into that building by the adjoining windows. But everybody seemed to rely, anJ very naturally, upon the fire brigade and their grand ma- chines until it was, alas! too late. Scarcely anything now remains of the building but the outer walls. The fire has been extinguished, and men have been at work ever since clearing out the debris; but up to two o'clock p.m. this day, when I visited the ruin, not a trace had been discovered of the six human beings who perished, except a small bone which I found, and which seemed to belong to the little girl. It is stated that the first escape, from:Sachville- street, broke and be. came unmanageable, but the other, which hac ladders yoked, reaching, seemingly, to the proper neighfe, remained till any attempt at rescue was hopeless, reared against the front of the Imperial Office, where the persons were engaged throwing out bedding and furniture while their fellow-beings were despairingly shrieking for aid within a few yards' distance." The feeling against the fire brigade is so strong that they are said to have been hooted by the mob while removing their machines. Nearly all the Dublin papers vehemently denounce the Corporation for lllowing their officers to let their fire-eecapes get out of order, and rendering it possible for such a calamity to occur because of their utter inefficiency. They not only failed to save those six lives, but they hindered those who positively assert that they would and could have saved them. The Waterworks Committee of the Cor- poration held a private inquiry in order to ascertain whether their officers deserved the public censure which has been poured upon them. The Lord Mayor expressed his belief that they would be able to justify their officers, and a desire was expressed by Mr. Sulli- van that the public would suspend their judgment till they should give their evidence at the inquest. Mr. Byrne said that it was right the public should ksiow that the failure to save life was very much owing to the interference of the people in the street, who prevented the work of the machinery by the officers of the Corporation. The public were, no doubt, justly exasperated at this failure, but the very efforts made by the people outside, although well- meant, were most unfortunate.

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