Some history of Paradise Street
More information on Paradise Street to follow. I probably created the page as I had a link to Paradise Street from another page. When building the site it is easier to place links as they crop up rather than go back later on. I realise this is frustrating if you were specifically looking for information on Paradise Street. There is information on Birmingham dotted around the website - click here for a suitable starting place.
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Related Newspaper Articles
"A fire, which caused considerable excitement, broke out last evening at the premises of Messrs. Barker, silversmiths, Paradise Street. The
central fire station received notice of the outbreak at 7.49, but the fire had then been some time in progress, and when Superintendent Tozer and his men arrived on the
scene with a steamer they found smoke issuing from every window. The firemen from the gas office, however, had already attached a jet to the main, and the central station
force directed two others on the building. The premises are very extensive and old-fashioned, running back to Swallow Street, and owing to this and the additional
fact that the fire broke out in the basement the brigade experienced great difficulty in coping with the flames. The denseness of the smoke and the intense heat were a
severe trial to many of the firemen, but after working for some time they located the seat of the fire, and within eighty minutes of Mr. Tozer's arrival he chief
officer had extinguished the outbreak sufficiently to allow of five men being left in charge with jets from the main. How the fire broke out is not yet known, but it
would appear that it originated in the packing room, where there was a large quantity of straw. The flames were then communicated to the first floor, consisting of
offices and warehouses, but there, fortunately, not much damage was done, and the heads of the firm, who were present during the firemen's operations, have decided
to open the premises for business as usual today. During the progress of the fire Fireman W. Cox had severe cuts inflicted on both hands by glass, and, first aid having
been rendered, he attended the General Hospital, where his wounds were stitched. He is now unfit for duty. A large crowd of people assembled in Paradise Street to witness
the fire, but they were kept in perfect order by Deputy Chief Constable McManus and a posse of police Considering the amount of time and water expended on the premises
the damage sustained was small."
"Fire in Paradise Street"
Birmingham Mail : May 8th 1901 Page 4