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r FIRED BY. LICHTNING. — — DISASTROUS MUM- BLES BLAZE; I I THOUSANDS OF POUNDS DAMAGE. Three Premises Gutted. NARROW ESCAPES: EXCITING SCENES. There was a serious conflagration at Castleton, Mumbles, early on Thursday morning, and although it was discovered early three buildings, involving damage amounting to thousands of pounds, were completely gutted, the local police, in the absence of tire appliances, being power- less to cope with it. The fire originated on the premises of Messrs. W. H. Jones, Ltd., grocer and provision merchant, and it was first dis- covered by Edward Willing, No. 14, Chapel-street, Mumbles, at about 4.10 a.m., as he was passing. There was a violent storm at the Mumbles on Wed- nesday night, and early on Thursday rnornine. and LIGHTNING FLASHES WERE CONTINUOUS. Willing first noticed a flame in the shop and volumes of smoke. He at once aroused the inmates (Mr. Jones, his wife and son), and then ran and gave informa- tion to the police. Inspector Davies was quickly on the scene, together with Sergts. Thomas and Wiiliams, and P.C.'s Mallins, Hamens, Roberts, Griffiths and Harris, BUT HAVING NC APPLIANCES, were unablo to cope with the names, which had now gained a firm hold of the building, hut the inmates had been aroused in time for them to ma.ke good their escape. It was soon a inasg of flamee. Inspector Davies, seeing the seriousness of the fire, at 4.30 a.m. telephoned for the Swansea Fire Brigade, and in a short space of time — 5.15 to be exact—they were on the scene with the engine, in charge of Inspector J. Bounds, and P.C.'s Evans, Davies, Bevan, O'Brien and Blackmore, and working on the flames. The fire was now burning fiercely and had sudh. a hold that the brigade con- fined their efforts, after a while, to the sav- ing of the premises cf Mr. A. S. Thomas, dental surgeon, whose premises adjoin. and the London City and Midland Bank, next door. Considerable damage was don^ to Mr. Thomas' premises, but the furniture was removed earlier into the street. The heat was terrific, so much so that the glass in the WINDOWS OF HOUSES OPPOSITE WERE CRACKED. There was an exciting incident during the progress of the fire, a Swansea fireman and Inspector Davies having a narrow escape of losing their lives. A big portion of a wall of Mr. Jones' premises got displaced and fell with a crash. Both men jumped back just in time. The grocery establishment is completely burnt out, only the walls remaining. It is surmised the fire was caused by LIGHTNING STRIKING A TELEPHONE WIRE, which fused and set fire to a telephone box. A tongue of fire was observed running along the telephone wire above the premises. Mr. Jones' premises were insured in the Phcenix Insurance Co., Bristol, and the house and furniture and stock of Mr. Thomas are in- sured in the North British Mercantile In- suranco Co. The bank was also insured. It is the general opinion of the Mumbles police and all concerned that the fire could have easily been dealt with at first locally had there been adequate fire brigade appli- ances. The Mumbles police were power- less. The Swansea Fire Brigade returned to Swansea at 7.30, but the buildings were still smouldering at this time, and hundreds of people were on the scene. The conflagration created the utmost stir, the village being astir from an early hour, and the utmost ap- prehension was expressed on all hands at the prospect of another fire of similar propor- tions at any future date without the means of coping with it. HOW IT ORIGINATED. Mischief Caused by Electric Flash. The cause of the fire, as stated above, led a "Daily Post reporter on Thursday morning to interview Mr. Prussmann, the Swansea Borough Electrical Engineer, of the matter. Oh, yes," he said, it is quite possible for a telephone wire to be struck bv light- ning in the way suggested. And this could set "fire to the premises through which it entered or to the 'phone box." Then would you consider wires, tele- phonic or electric, a potential source of dan- ger?'' ger No. I should not. Personally, I never use a telephone in a thunderstorm unless I am bound to. But as for fusing the chances are so remote. Look at the millions we have in the country, and how often do wires fuse. No. you can put that source At danwr awav. I MUMBLES COUNCIL "GETTING APPLIANCES. Enquiries at the Mumbles District Coun- cil offices on Thursday show that the fire ap- pliances are practically nil. We are getting them," said one of the officials. "We are holding meetings about the matteT, and we are arranging to get all that is necessary. What are you going to get?" a.sked the reporter. "We want to get an engine, hose and ladders." And what have you now?" A few ladders." Is that- all? Haven't you any hose?" No. we  CT-RICITY WORKS ESCAPE. I 1..1 ?- AS snowing tne vagaries of the lightning, an incident occurred at the Swansea Bor- ough Electricity Station some time ago, de- tails of which have never yet been pub- lished. The lightning struck the conductor, and travelled down to an angle some twenty feet from the ground. Then it seems to have branched off in two directions. Going across the street .,he lightning made a hole in a. fried fish shop w indow, and went to earth at the back, but the other branch struck a lamp near, ran along some metallic tubes, and knocked over two men in the electricitv boiler-house, giving them a, shock. BANK SUSTAINS LITTLE LOSS. On inquiry at the head Swansea office of the London Citv and Midland Bank the manager (Mt. C. Vivian) courteousl y in- formed our representative that no gold or papers had been destroyed, there being noth- ,n., left on the premises. Temporary offices of the bank have already been opened at Harris's liairdressing saloon. SWANSEA POLICE RlvrOKT. According to the Swansea police report, when the brigade arrived on the scene they found a fair pressure of frater available. The Mumbles police were standing looking on, as they had no appliances. The brigade j left about 7.30.

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