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FATAL FIRE AT KINGSLAND.

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FATAL FIRE AT KINGSLAND. DEATH OF FIVE CHILDREN. A fire which broke out at four o'clock on Monday afternoon on the top floor of the Willow Tree beer- house, Ball's Pond-road, resulted in three children being burnt to death and two suffocated. The house is- occupied by Samuel Joseph Griffin, who took pos- session about six weeks ago. He then found the four small rooms on the top floor let to two families. One tenant was Alfred Frazer, a conductor on one of the Stamford-hill omnibuses, who had a wife and four children. The other tenant was Frederick Highfield, who is out of employment, his wife, and two chil- dren. The Frazers occupied a front and a back room adjoining the staircase. Between these two rooms is a narrow, dark passage, which leads to two other rooms on the other side of the house. The Highfield family lived in these latter rooms, and it was no doubt on account of their peculiar situation that the children of this family lost their lives. The fire seems to have originated about four o'clock in the front room occupied by the Frazera. At that time the parents were all absent. Mrs. Frazer had gone out to buy some tea, and she- had left in the front room three children—Edward, aged four years and a half; Ethel, aged one year and 10 months; and a male child, aged four weeks. In the bedroom on Highfield's s-ide of the house was Florence Highfield. aged two- years and live months; and Ernest, aged one year and four months. Mrs. Frazer had with her a. little boy of three. She was returning from her errand, when she issuing from the window of the room in which she had left the rest of her family. The woman rushed up stairs with her little- boy in her arms and reached the top landing, but could not enter the room, as she was driven back by lira and smoke. Her screams had attracted attention, and Mr. Charles Webber, a harness-maker, of Kingsland- green. proceeded up the stairs. The woman was then .half exhausted, and so was the child she car- ried. Mr. Webber seized the child and handed him down to people who had followed him up., and then he assisted Mrs. Frazer down the stairs. Mr. Webber made another attempt to reach the room in which the children were, but was driven back by heat and smoke. Just as he reached the landing the door of the room fell in, displaying a mass of flame. Meanwhile Sub Divisional Inspector Flanagan, of Dalston, with Sergeant Courtier, 64 J, had organised an attempt to rescue the children from the windows. With the aid of ladders they reached some leads com- municating with the back windows on the top floor, but the smoke was so dense that it was impossible for any- one tj enter. The police officers made a further attempt to ascend the staircase, but in this they were also unsuccessful. By this time, however, Engineer Frankham, in charge of the Kingsland Fire Station, had arrived with a manual engine, and an escape waa also upon the scene. Hearing that there were chil- dren in the rooms, Mr. Frankham and his mei* made a determined effort to effect a rescue. Agoodsupply of water was obtainable, and a well-directed branch soon arrpsted the flames, which were bursting through the front room window, but dense volumes of smoke still issued forth. Directly the flames had subsided the engineer himself mounted the escape and disappeared at one of the windows. He, however, quickly returned blackened and blinded by the smoke. The fire was not out, and when he had stepped inside the window the floor had given way under him, and he had had to beat a hasty retreat. Another hose was by this time run np the staircase, and the fire was finally extin- guished. Then the firemen entered and found the charred remains of the three little children. The door at the end of the passage was then opened, and the two children of the Highfield family were found dead. One was lying on the floor and the other—the infant-was on the bed. The fire had not penetrated to this room, but the dense smoke had suffocated them. The origin of the fire is unknown. When Mrs. Frazer left the room there was a fire in the grate, and it is supposed that the children must have played with the fire. ■ i

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