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!! Connaught Journal; July 26, 1824 "Dublin Fires"

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL Galway, Monday, July 26, 1824 DESTRUCTIVE FIRE At an early hour on Monday morning, an alarming fire broke out in the house of a
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      Galway, Monday, July 26, 1824

      At an early hour on Monday morning, an alarming fire broke out in the house
      of a Cork-cutter in Abbey-street. Before an effectual assistance could be
      rendered towards checking its progress, the flames raged with tremendous fury,
      and the entire building was nearly one body of fire. Several engines by this
      time had arrived; and being supplied with water from the carts belonging to the
      Paving Board, which were also in attendance, they played with much effect,
      although for a considerable time before the great body of fire was reduced. The
      floors of the house fell, and also the front wall, which came with a dreadful
      crash into the street. The sight was truly appalling as the flames rose with
      redoubled fury from the pile of ruins. Serious apprehensions were entertained
      for some time as to the safety of the adjoining houses; but, we believe, except
      a house which was next to that in which the fire originated, and to which the
      flames communicated, they escaped uninjured. A considerable quantity of
      furniture from those houses were conveyed, for safety, into the street. A
      detachment of Horse Police attended to preserve order. The Lord Mayor and High
      Sheriffs were also in attendance. The conduct of the Police was highly
      exemplary, and the greatest assistance was rendered by the carts of the Paving
      Board, which were supplied with water from the river and from yards in the
      neighbourhood. We have not heard in what manner the fire originated. it was no
      effectually got under until about three o'clock. It is with much regret we have
      to state, that a young woman, named Mary Kelly, only twenty-one years of age,
      was burned to death; the remains of the body were dug from out the smoking ruins
      yesterday. A Coroner's Inquest was subsequently held on the body - Verdict,
      "Accidental death by burning." It is most pitiable to witness the distracted
      state of the Mother of the Deceased, a very old woman, who was amid the crowd,
      shrieking and wringing her hands. The body was found in an erect posture, half
      consumed, in a back part of the house; the head had separated from it. -- D.E.

      ALARMING FIRE. - Yesterday morning, between 3 and 4 o'clock, the north side
      of the Metropolis was thrown into consternation by the bursting out of a fire in
      the house behind Mary-street, and in a most populous neighbourhood. The flames
      were discovered by the Watchman on duty, who very properly gave the alarm with
      alacrity. At first some dismay was created by the want of a sufficient supply of
      water, but that important want was quickly removed by the activity of the Paving
      Board, who brought a quantity of water in their carts from the Liffey. The
      flames were got under in about two hours; but considerable damage has been
      sustained, and but little of the furniture saved. It is somewhat singular that
      it was Mr. Harris's intention, in consequence of the late fire in Abbey-street,
      to have insured his premises yesterday. A boy, son to Mr. Harris, had a narrow
      escape of being burned- he was obliged to leap out of the window into the arms
      of the spectators. -- Ibid.

      Cathy Joynt Labath
      Ireland Old News
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