Thursday, March 24, 2016

GREAT FIRE OF 1909

Post Card scene of Ingram Street

On Aug. 17, 1909, fire apparently triggered by a gas explosion destroyed buildings on Ingram Street, Glasgow, between Shuttle and High streets.

The Glasgow Story website said:

"Most of the buildings were warehouses thought to have contained wine, spirits, clothing and foodstuffs.

"At about 1 am the frontages of the buildings collapsed into the street

"The falling masonry narrowly missing several firemen, who had come to the scene from Central Fire Engine Station, just round the corner on College Street.

"It took all night to put the flames out and the cost of repairing the damage amounted to over £250,000."