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A Music Hall on Fire.

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A Music Hall on Fire. I AUDIENOE PANIC STRICKEN. I Terrible Struggles for Life, I MANY KILLED AND INJURED. About balf-an-hour after the audience had assembled in the People's Palace, Aberdeen, on Wednesday night, an alarm of fire was raised. The theatre is a popular music-hall, and both pit and gallery were well filled at the time. Instantly panic overspread the audience, and in less time than it takes to write the words there was a wild and horror-stricken stampede for the exits. The performance had only just commenced wben flames were seen in the vicinity of the stage and in an instaoll fire was furiously blazing. The artists fled from the stage and the other performers in the dressing-rooms likewise beat a hurried retreat, though not without considerable difficulty, all having to abandon their clothing and properties. So rapidly did the fire spread, that before the audience had managed to gat outside the burning buiiding the flames were shooting along the roof and out of the windows. For a time a terrible panio, accompanied by scenes of heartrending agony and frenzied terror was witnessed, and it was a matter of oruel uncertainty in the city as to whether the whole of audience succeeded in making their escape. A considerable number of persons were removed to the Royal Infirmary suffering from severe burns, but the door-keepers, in reply to anxious inquirers, said it was impossible until the morning to say whether any lives bad been lost. The audience in the gallery, which was crowded, was largely composed of young people of both sexes, and whilst the panio was at its height the crush made in their frantic struggling was something fearfni. Every effort was made to keep the exits clear, but the heat soon became so intense, and the struggling masses of people so maddened, that rescue opera- tions could only be carried on with the utmost difficulty. In about threequarters of au hour the whole of the interior was one mass of flames. Fortunately, the walls of the hall are of granite, and as they stood intact the firemen were successful in keeping the flames from attacking the surrounding buildings. The hall is in close proximity to the Royal Hotel, the Great Northern Railway buildings. and her Majesty's Theatre and had there been a high wiud it would have been impossible to prevent one or other of them from taking fire. By 9 o'clock nothing remained of the music hall but the bare walls and a huge burning mass of debris. Messrs Livermore Brothers are the proprietors. The damage is estimated at 24.000. [ LOSS OF LIFE. Later on the apprehensions entertained that the tire had involved loss of life were unhappily realised. At least half-a-dozen bodies are uow believed to be in the building, and at 11.30 two had been recovered. The Central News Aberdeen correspondent, telegraphing at one this morning, says that in the eourse of the night the search of the debris of the ruined theatre disclosed three dead bodies, fear- fully disfigured and quite unrecognisable. Two of the bodies were those of men and one that of a woman. It is feared there are more victims in the ruins. Search will be continued to-morrow. The excitement in the city, great before, has been worked up to an indescribable height by the discoveries, and the suspense which overhangs the families of the missing still further intensifies public feeling. I SOME OF THE INJURED. The number of injured proved much greater than was a first supposed. Thirty-six persons of all ages have been admitted to the infirmary suffering from injuries and burns. The following at the names of those seriously injured,four of whom, it is feared, cannot survive :—Alexander Camp- bell, a boy, who leaped from the gallery window (a distance of 30 feet) fractured leg George Brooks, of Sunderlend, face and hands burned Edward Walker, feet and hands Alexander Catts, face, hands, and legs James Patterson, face and hands; Mrs Charles Cooper, head and arms Charles Cooper, husband of above, who entered the building for the purpose of rescuing his wife, severely burned on head and arms; Alexander Duncan, face and bands; Alexander Johnstone, John McConnoohie, James Fraser, Robert Frazer, and Robert Stewart, all more or leas injured about the head and hands.

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