Furniture Store Blaze…
At 7.5 p.m. on the evening of Tuesday, 1st February, fire burst through the roof of Messrs. T. Bourne & Sons large furniture store in Eagle Road. This was the first indication of the blaze, minutes before passers by saw no signs of smoke or flame. The Rye Fire Brigade was quickly summoned and were on the scene within a few minutes of the siren sounding.
Four firemen with two hoses went into the lower part of the building and ignoring the falling tiles from the fiercely burning roof, isolated a 400 gallon tank of diesel fuel from the flames.
Station Fire Officer Bourn directed operations and within fifteen minutes the blaze was under control, a fine feat of fire fighting. Much work had to be done before the fire was completely extinguished and the firemen were in attendance throughout the night.
At the height of the blaze, the office at the front of the building was cleared of records and documents by Mr. Bourne and many of his employees, some items of furniture were also extricated from the building.
The blaze at its height—Firemen soon extinguished the flames—Damping down went on throughout the night
From the February 1966 Issue of “Rye’s Own”
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