The big timber yard fire at Barking Creek, Essex, was still burning on Dec. 30th.?
The big timber yard fire at Barking Creek, Essex, was still burning on Dec. 30th. An Essex Fire Brigade officer said twenty appliances would be kept at the scene at least until midnight. Some of the families evacuated from nearby houses had returned, but their furniture was still piled up in the street under tarpaulins.
A pall of smoke drifting over the river marked the scene for most of the day. High tide in the morning allowed fire boats to come close to the fire and play their hoses on the stacks of timber which turned to Charcoal in the blaze.
Smoke was the big problem...that, and the large volume of hot water which has been running back off the burning timber. The water was almost too hot for firemen to wade through.
Although the fire was well under control, it was expected to go on burning for at least another twenty four hours, making two whole days in all. Streets nearby were still festooned with fire hoses, and during the day brigades arrived from outlying districts of Essex to take over from men who worked through the night.
Several houses in the area lost windows in the rush to salvage furniture when the fire was at its height, and some of the people living there spent the previous night in a local school after leaving their threatened homes.