Visitors to Bridlington on Saturday and again yesterday evening were able enjoy a rough sea spectacle.
A northerly gale had lashed the North Sea into a fury, and the waves could be seen breaking high over the Smithwick Sands.
Within the bay there was a number of large steamers sheltering, a rather unusual spectacle towards mid July. When the tide was full the waves dashed with great force against the sea walls, rising into the air in spray 60 feet high.
Thousands witnessed the magnificent spectacle.
A fire that might have proved highly destructive to central properties occurred laat night on the premises of the Leeds Industrial Co-operative Society in Albion Street.
Fortunately it was dealt with in the earliest stages and extinguished without difficulty.
Just before ten o’clock Joseph Smith, commissionaire at the City Garage, which is just opposite, noticed a flame rising from the roof of the small tower the left wing.
He at once rang up the Fire Brigade, and also called the attention of the caretaker, who lives in another part of the premises. The brigade quickly arrived with a motorengine, combined tender and escape, and the new large turn-table escape.
By means of the latter an effective position was immediately secured on the edge the roof, and a hosepipe was carried up.
In the meantime the firemen also got to work from the inside with the ordinary hand pump. The fire had penetrated the under-drawing above the tailors’ room, and burst through the roof, burning an ornamental wooden dome about three feet square.
It was extinguished from the inside, and water was also played on to the roof from the street main.
In less than half an hour Superintendent Tose and Mr. Fawcett, the secretary to the company, were able to make an examination, and they arrived at the conclusion that the fire originated among the coats belonging to the workpeople in the tailors’ room.
They were at work until seven or eight o’clock on Saturday night, and is thought that one of them may have left in a pocket an unextinguished pipe and caused a gradual smouldering.
No estimate was made of the damage, but unless stock has suffered through water percolating into the lower storeys it will probably be within £lOO.
At first it appeared that a big conflagration was in prospect, and several thousand persons assembled in a few minutes.
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