3rd July 1919 Thursday

Fire!

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On the evening of July 3rd we all got a big fright. The large wooden dwelling-house behind our mess went on fire, and was soon blazing away merrily. We all dashed out, and helped to get some of the furniture out of the house. It must have been humorous to see two of us trying to carry out the grand piano! We had to stop the good work on account of the great heat. British Naval Units greatly helped the Russian Fire Brigade by bringing up a line of hose from a boat at the riverside. One woman had to be rescued from a top window by ladder. A British sailor did the trick, and was warmly cheered. Huge crowds gathered to watch the blaze.”

The fire raging.

The fire raging.

Aftermath

Aftermath

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