18th March 1919 Tuesday

A Freezing Cold Fire!

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“There was a big blaze out our way on the night of March 18th. The Training Centre Officers’ Mess went on fire, and was gutted. The local fire-brigade, reinforced from Archangel, was early on the scene but could do nothing to quell the blaze with primitive hand-pumps and barrels of water! Luckily the officers were able to save their kits. We took ten of them in until other quarters were found for them. Although a strong wind was blowing, the fire did not spread at all. It was very cold – 25 degrees below zero.”

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