Some history of Caroline Street
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Related Newspaper Articles
"A fire which broke out in a small factory in Caroline Street, last evening, gave rise to some thrilling scenes, and resulted in the death
of one of the occupants of the place. The factory is formed by two three-storey houses, Nos. 50 and 51, and is rented by Miss Ellen Hall, jewel-case maker. A
room on the first floor, used as a store room, was the place in which the fire was discovered. The work people, most of whom are young girls, were at once alarmed, and
notice of the fire was given at Kenyon Street Police Station. Redfern, the fireman on duty at the station, communicated the alarm to the Central Fire Station, and
immediately set out himself, with Superintendent Shaw and a number of constables, to the scene of the fire. The fire in the meantime had spread rapidly, and among the
large crowd which had assembled it was whispered that several of the work girls were imprisoned in a front room on the top storey. The escape was directed to the window
of the room in question, but Redfern found it impossible to enter on account of the suffocating and blinding smoke which filled the house. Amid intense but breathless
excitement, Redfern descended the escape, and, entering the house, tried again and again to reach the room in which the girls were believed to be. But the smoke on the
staircase was more dense than it was in the room, and it was impossible to get to the upper storeys in this way. As the only resort left to him, Redfern determined to
bring a jet of water to bear on the window. The hose was quickly attached to the main by the fireman and constables, and by the time they had got the jet to work
Superintendent Tozer, with the brigade and a manual engine and tender, had arrived from the central station. At this point, however, the minds of the workers and
spectators were relieved by the discovery that the girls supposed to be in danger had escaped from the building when the fire broke out, This feeling of relief, however,
was immediately changed to one of renewed alarm; One of the girls working in the finishing room, a room on the second floor just over the store room, in which the
fire broke out, was missed. The jets were at once directed onto this part of the building, and ladders being raised to the window of the finishing room, the terrible
suspense of the onlookers seemed likely to be quickly ended. But another difficulty confronted Engineer Bellhouse and Assistant-Engineer Callaghan, the fireman who
attempted the rescue. The iron-framed windows had such small openings that it was impossible for a man to get through them. The firemen, however, at length forced
their way into the room, Lying on the floor was Florence Thompson, a work-girl, living in Monument Road, and aged only fifteen. She was quickly brought out by the
firemen amid the cheers of the crowd. The usual efforts to restore animation were made, but without avail. Mr. Newton. surgeon, of Newhall Street, arrived in a few
minutes and confirmed the opinion that the poor girl was dead, and her body was removed to Kenyon Street mortuary to await an inquest. She must have been suffocated
soon after the fire broke out. Her companions had left the room, believing that she was following: them, and in the confusion they did not miss her afterwards. Now,
however, they think that terror must have deprived her of consciousness, or at all events of the power of doing anything to save herself, until her escape was cut off
by the progress of the flames."
"Fire in Caroline Street"
Birmingham Daily Post : January 5th 1887 Page 8