November 21, 1920

Apologies for the abysmal quality of this one, but still like it for the sense of immediacy. W.D. Hogan took this photo of a blaze at Paul and Vincent's Chemical Works on Sir John Rogerson's Quay.


This was the report of the fire in the Irish Independent on Monday, 22 November 1920:

"A large section of Messrs. Paul and Vincent's chemical works, [Sir John] Rogerson's quay, Dublin, was destroyed by fire yesterday. Three sections of the Fire Brigade arrived, but the fire had got such a grip that their efforts were restricted to preventing it spreading. This occupied fully 4 hours. The damage runs into thousands. The Brigade remained at work during the night. Two firemen, Joseph Byrne and James Walshe, were caught by a falling wall. Mr. Byrne has his left arm fractured and both legs bruised. Mr. Walsh [sic] got an ugly wound on the head. They were promptly removed to Sir Patrick Dun's Hospital."


Unsure whether this was normal practice for the Irish Independent, but the above article was immediately followed by an ad for insurance from Hibernian Fire and General Insurance of Dame Street, Dublin!


Date: Sunday, 21 November 1920


NLI Ref.: HOG174

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