• Short Summary

    TWO CUSTOMS OFFICIALS DIED IN A BIG FIRE IN EAST LONDON TODAY (SATURDAY). ABOUT 600?

  • Description

    TWO CUSTOMS OFFICIALS DIED IN A BIG FIRE IN EAST LONDON TODAY (SATURDAY). ABOUT 600 RAILWAY GOODS WAGONS, 300 MOTOR VEHICLES AND THOUSANDS OF POUNDS WORTH OF PASSENGER LUGGAGE WERE DESTROYED IN A BLAZE AT THE BRITISH RAILWAYS GOODS DEPOT AT BISHOPSGATE.

    SURROUNDING ROADS WERE CORDONED OFF AS FLAMES AND SMOKE SWEPT UP TO A HEIGHT OF 100 FEET (30 METRES). MORE THAN 200 FIREMEN FOUGHT THE BLAZE AS NEARBY FAMILIES WERE EVACUATED FROM THEIR HOMES. TRAINS TO THE CLOSE-BY LIVERPOOL STREET PASSENGER STATION WERE STOPPED AND ELECTRIC SWITCHED OFF.

    THE BODIES OF TWO MISSING CUSTOMS MEN WERE FOUND BY FIREMEN CLOSE BY THE OFFICE IN WHICH THEY HAD WORKED THROUGH THE NIGHT. THEIR OFFICE WAS SMASHED BY SEVERAL TONS OF DEBRIS AND TWISTED STEEL. UNDERNEATH ONE PART OF THE BUILDING WAS A BONDED STORE CONTAINING SPIRITS WHICH ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN THE CAUSE OF A NUMBER OF LOUD EXPLOSIONS AT THE HEIGHT OF THE FIRE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6WWXDBJ2BT9HKANXJWUTZW47L
    Media URN:
    VLVA6WWXDBJ2BT9HKANXJWUTZW47L
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/12/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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