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CALAMITOUS FIRE AND LOSS OF LIFE. On Sunday morning, at an early hour, the inhabit- ants of Pitfield-street, Hoxton, were aroused^ from their slumbers by piercing cries of "Fire!" and Oh, save us The neighbours, upon throwing up their windows, beheld a pitiable scene, for on the top of one of the houses were four persons, with the names rushing out of the second and third floor windows, and also through a trap-door on the roof, completely en. circling the whole group of unfortunate persona. Those on the roof were trying to pull a young woman through the trap, but all of a sudden a second huge sheet of flame shot up, seized upon one of the per- sons (the shopman), set fire to his night dress, and so completely overcame him that he was obliged to relinquish his hold of the poor creature, and she was almost instantaneously burned to death, The other persons managed to get over the roof into the adjoining promises of Mr. Blackwall, surgeon and aocoucheur. The premises in which the calamity occurred belonged to Messrs. James Fuggle and Co., general drapers, and were well known in the neighbourhood as Bradford-house, and were numbered 28 in the before-named street. The show rooms and warehouses, were about 100 feet Ion, and the premises were considered tha largest in that part of the metro- polis. The fire, there is no doubt, began in the basement, and the instant it reached the ground-floor it fired a number of light drapery goods, and there being a well- staircase to the floor, allowed the flames to extend with terrific violence to the different floors above, igniting each in rapid succession. The Royal Society's escapes were on the spot as soon as possible after the alarm was given but then the whole of the building, with the exception of certain portions of the show rooms, were belching forth un. mense sheets of flame, so that the conductors were unable to enter the rooms to render the unfor™1^, young woman any assistance, and there is no aou she perished whilst the fire-escapes were on tn to the scene of the conflagration. Four steamers, as well as numerous manual-pow l the Metropolitan Brigade, and a strong m 0 London Salvage Corps, attended, After groat perse- veranoe the firemen succeeded in nrJL • fire, but the whole of the uppe:r part +. ^p, s?3 are destroyed. The loss will fall upon the Ph^ As soon aa the ruins were Sefrc^ was made for the poor creature v>l aokon&H Mohave perished, and she was fo^f^ T.l3 lylDF across the rafters just under p door of the roof. The unfortunate shopman, who was also so terribly burned, remains in S nvo_w w 3 Hospital, without the least Mr. Blaokwall did everything to alleviate the sufferings of the survivors, and provided house room for them for the night. «

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