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DYE HOUSE  DESTROYED.
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Extensive Damage.


Considerable damage, which cannot yet be estimated in  figures, was caused
by
a destructive fire which broke out in a dye house at the  carpet mill of
Messrs. GOODACRE and Son, Ltd., Catherine Street, Whitehaven, on  Saturday
afternoon.


The building, which contained raw material and  machinery, is adjacent to
the
mill itself, and the outbreak was discovered  shortly before four o’clock.
Owing to trouble with the telephone there was some  little delay in sounding
the
fire horn, but a fireman, who happened to be at the  football match between
Cumberland and Liverpool on the nearby Playground, saw  smoke and flames
issuing from the building and promptly ran to the fire station  in Scotch
Street,
where fortunately, Capt. O’NEILL and half a dozen members of  the Brigade
were
in the recreation room. They immediately proceeded to the place  with a
hose,
and were actually on the scene when the fire horn was sounded. When  the
firemen arrived the flames had got a strong hold and were, in the words of
Capt. O’
NEILL, roaring like a furnace, the fire being fanned by a strong wind.  The
Brigade connected up with the hydrant in the mill yard and concentrated on
saving the main building. This object they succeeded in achieving, but the
building where the fire originated - how, it is unknown - was gutted, and
matting
material and some valuable machinery were destroyed. Some motors also  fell
through a floor to the bottom of the building and were damaged. A number of
bales of coco matting, however, were removed from the store into the yard by
voluntary helpers and were thus saved from destruction.


While the fire lasted it provided a fine spectacle for  the onlookers. Many
spectators at the football match, in fact, turned their  attention to the
burning building and joined the crowd which had gathered in the  approaches
to the
mill. The building, which was of brick, had a glass roof,  which collapsed
early on, and so great was the heat that the glass was melted  and twisted
into
curious shapes.


During the operations of the Brigade a portion of a  wall fell, and Capt. O’
NEILL had a lucky escape from serious injury. He was  struck between the
shoulders by a heavy piece of masonry, and for a time was  stunned, but he
was
afterwards able to continue to direct the work of his men.  The fire was
finally
overcome by about seven o’clock, but members of the Brigade  stood by
throughout
the night as a precautionary measure. The damage is covered  by insurance.


It being Saturday afternoon there were no work people  in the mill at the
time. An unfortunate result of the fire is the fact that the  major portion
of
the employees have been idle this week, but we are glad to  announce from an
official source that the management are making special efforts  to re-start
most
of the workers before the end of the week, and although the  production of
the
Company will naturally be limited to a certain extent, there  will be no
serious interference.