"Fairy Grotto" Fire! 1932

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    Full title reads: "Blackpool - 'Fairy Grotto' Fire! 60-mile-an-hour gale turns huge store into blazing inferno. Assistants risked their lives to save many of the hundreds of monkeys, parrots,etc."

    Blackpool, Lancashire.

    Pan down the front of a shop. It is damaged by fire and firemen are going in to the front of the building. Very light section of water hoses being played on front of burning building. A large crowd have gathered to watch the firemen at work. Firemen standing on the ground spray water on the building. The sign over the front of the building reads "R. H. D. Hills". (Commentary on this section)

    Intertitle reads: "... in Boston - under arctic conditions - all available apparatus was mobilised to fight conflagration that imperilled the City!"

    Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America.

    American firemen moving hoses around the base of a building. There is ice and snow on the ground. Closer shot shows two firemen working on a pump, which is covered with icicles. Quick shot of different angle of the pump. Shot of building with smoke coming out of one of the windows. Small icicles can be seen hanging from wires in the foreground. It is obviously very cold. At the base of the building a team of firemen are playing a hose onto the building. The entrance to the building has 'Berkeley Hall', over it and next door is a pharmacy or drug store. Tilt up to show the water hitting the building.

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    British Pathé
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    01:00:05:00 / 01:01:55:00
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    Lifestyle & Culture Entertainment & Humour
    1933 Dave's58 4.2 War poetry (scrapped)
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