• Short Summary

    FIRE SWEPT THROUGH MELBOURNE POSTAL EXCHANGE ON MONDAY (27 NOVEMBER) DESTROYING ABOUT 40 MAIL BAGS, INCLUDING MANY BELIEVED TO CONTAIN CHRISTMAS MAIL.

  • Description

    1.
    LV MAIL EXCHANGE BUILDING BURNING
    0.04

    2.
    LV ANOTHER ANGLE ABOVE
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    3.
    SLV SMOKE BILLOWING FROM BUILDING (2 SHOTS).
    0.16

    4.
    SV FIREMEN ON LADDER TILT UP.
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    5.
    GV SMOKE FROM BUILDING
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    6.
    HIGH ANGLE-CROWD IN STREET.
    0.25

    7.
    SV PEOPLE LOOK UP
    0.28

    8.
    SLV MAN CRAWLS ALONG ROOF
    0.35

    9.
    GV PAN FIREMEN ON LADDERS
    0.40

    10.
    SLV FLAMES AND SMOKE FROM WINDOWS
    0.43

    11.
    SV FIREMEN ON LADDERS
    0.44

    12.
    GTV SMOKE FROM BUILDING
    0.46

    13.
    MV PAN MAN CARRIED AWAY ON STRETCHER
    0.51

    14.
    GV BURNING BUILDING
    0.56



    Initials JSU/VS/JF/DM



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: FIRE SWEPT THROUGH MELBOURNE POSTAL EXCHANGE ON MONDAY (27 NOVEMBER) DESTROYING ABOUT 40 MAIL BAGS, INCLUDING MANY BELIEVED TO CONTAIN CHRISTMAS MAIL. DAMAGE TO THE EXCHANGE WAS ESTIMATED AT 100,000 AUSTRALIAN DOLLARS (GBP47,000 STERLING).

    THE FIRE GUTTED THE MAIN MAIL RECEIVING ROOM ON THE FIFTH FLOOR BEFORE SPREADING TO A CAFETERIA ABOVE AND A SORTING FLOOR BELOW.

    THERE WERE ABOUT 1,500 PEOPLE IN THE BUILDING WHEN THE BLAZE BEGAN. BUT AFTER SOME INITIAL CONFUSION IT TURNED OUT THAT ONLY ONE MAN WAS TRAPPED. HE WAS EVENTUALLY RESCUED BY FIREMEN AFTER CRAWLING THROUGH SMOKE ON THE ROOFTOP TO SAFETY.

    THREE FIREMEN HAD TO BE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL AFTER BEING OVERCOME BY SMOKE.

    POST OFFICE OFFICIALS SAY THAT UP 40,000 LETTERS COULD HAVE BEEN BURNED IN THE FIRE WHICH ALSO DESTROYED THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS OF MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT.

    WHILE AN OFFICIAL INVESTIGATION BEGAN INTO THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE AN URGENT APPEAL WAS MADE TO THE PUBLIC IN MELBOURNE NOT TO POST MAIL UNTIL AN EMERGENCY SERVICE COULD BE PROVIDED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADNRY02131VQ7Z04PMAT40SD2P
    Media URN:
    VLVADNRY02131VQ7Z04PMAT40SD2P
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/11/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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