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"A fire, doing damage which it is estimated will require between £2,000. and £3,000. to make good, occurred early yesterday, at
the bedstead works of Messrs. W. H. Davis and Co., Macdonald Street. The Central Fire Brigade were summoned about four o'clock, but when Superintendent Tozer and
his men arrived they found the Moseley Street contingent already at work. The building is a very old one, with a central gateway and shopping on either side. A portion
of it runs back to the River Rea, and it was in this part that the fire had broken out. The men experienced great difficulty in getting at the fire, owing to the fact
that the yard was blocked up with woodwork, and a road had to be cut under the offices and storeroom. Before the men could get well at work the fire had got a good
hold of the store-room, in which there was a quantity of straw and varnish. It was found impossible to save this, and attention was directed to that portion of the
works which adjoined some dwelling houses, and near which were the premises of the Birmingham India Rubber Company. The occupants of the houses had already become
considerably alarmed, as the doors and shutters were being scorched by the heat, and some of them began to remove their furniture. However, the second steamer was sent
for, and as soon as it was got into play there was a perceptible diminution in the conflagration, and after two hours' active work the brigade, with the exception
of three men, were able to leave. The building is 220ft. long, and of three storeys, but only one small portion of it was saved. A large quantity of finished and
partly-finished stock and some machinery were destroyed, and some time must elapse before work can be resumed, as much of the building now standing will have to be
pulled down and rebuilt. About 200 workmen will be thrown out of employment. The origin of the fire is unknown, but it is believed that it broke out in the storeroom,
though no one had been on the premises since early the previous evening. A woman who lives in one of the houses which were threatened saw the blaze from her bedroom
window, and got up and called a man who worked for Messrs. Davis, and he summoned the brigade. Some of the firemen for a time worked in great danger. It was necessary
for them at first to play on the flames from the bed of the Rea - a position in which they needed to exercise the greatest watchfulness, as there was a danger of
the wall falling. Fortunately, no casualty happened, though the work from beginning to end needed great care, as the works are in the centre of a very thickly-populated
neighbourhood. There have been a number of fires in this neighbourhood at different times, and they have each had serious consequences. Had the premises of the
India Rubber Company been reached by the flames, it is impossible to say where they would have been checked. A large crowd of people assembled in Macdonald Street, but
they gave the police little trouble."
"Serious Fire in Macdonald Street?"
Birmingham Daily Mail : January 30th 1890 Page 6