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From the Archives: Piece-Goods Warehouse Gutted

A disastrous and destructive fire broke out to-day [November 13] in No. 5 warehouse at Princes Dock [in Bombay] and resulted in causing damage to the extent of about half a crore of rupees. The warehouse was opened as usual this morning at 7.30 and the warehouse Manager and his men were working there as usual. Nothing extraordinary was noticed till about eleven when the Manager saw a volume of smoke rising up the sky from the south end of the warehouse and went to the telephone. By the time he returned the whole place from one end to other was in flames. The Port Trust hydrants started work and were soon joined in their efforts by fire engine which arrived within a few minutes. Soon after many other fire engines arrived in rapid succession and Mr. Greenop, Chief of the fire brigade, took up the operations. After strenuous efforts, at about twelve the fire was brought under control. The warehouse was used for storing piece-goods.

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