On this day: the destruction of Duckett’s Grove

800px-ducketts_grove_prefirea-rare-picture-of-ducketts-grove-carlow-before-it-was-destroyed-by-fire-in-1930-county-carlow-ireland-rare-picture

Rare image of the house pre-fire. X

Duckett’s Grove, a great house in County Carlow, Ireland, was destroyed by fire on the 20th of April, 1933.

Built around 1830 for the Duckett family, they lived at the house until 1916, when a family dispute between the only remaining family members – none of them male (males would usually inherit) – led to the house’s management being taken over by locals.

By 1930 the house was being used by the Irish Republican Army, and when they left the property it was still in good condition.

In 1933, a week after local farmers – who had been managing the estate – reported a minor fire at the house, Duckett’s Grove burnt in earnest over the course of a night.

800px-ducketts_grove

X

Today, the frame of the house still stands.

Advertisements

On this day: the Tasmanian bushfires

black-tuesday-bushfires-02shortly-after-the-black-tuesday-bushfires-1967

Source

On the 7th of February, 1967, Tasmania’s deadliest fire disaster occurred in the middle of a summer heatwave.

tasmanian-bushfires-1967-forest-rd-west-hobarthomes-on-forest-rd-in-west-hobart-after-the-tasmanian-bushfires-of-1967

Destruction near the state’s capital city, Hobart. X

In what would come to be known as the Black Tuesday fires, 62 people were killed and over 900 were injured. Thousands of homes and animals were lost, and the damage was estimated to be around $40 000 000 at the time ($100 000 000 in today’s money).

tasmanian-bushfire-1967-home-burninga-couple-watch-homes-burn-in-the-1967-tasmanian-bushfires

People watch homes burn.

The causes of the disaster are listed as heatwave and strong winds, back burning (hazard reduction burns that got out of control), and arson.

tasmanian-bushfire-1967-cascade-brewery-destroyed

The Cascade Brewery was destroyed. X

There were 110 fires on the day, and only 22 were listed as accidents.

On this day: a natural disaster in Canberra

Raw news footage of the firestorm that hit Canberra, Australia’s capital city, on the 18th of January, 2003. The disaster claimed lives, burnt nearly 70% of the Australian Capital Territory, destroyed over 500 houses, and burnt internationally significant institutions such as the Mount Stromlo Observatory to the ground.

On this day: the Summerland Disaster

The Summerland disaster occurred when a fire spread through the Summerland leisure centre in Douglas on the Isle of Man on the night of 2 August 1973.

X

On the 2nd of August, 1973, three boys smoking in a disused kiosk in Douglas, Isle of Man caused a fire that killed between fifty and fifty-three people and injured eighty others.

Summerland-complex-Isle-of-Man-296622

Summerland

The fire tore through the Summerland leisure centre, where no immediate attempt was made to evacuate, and the fire department was not called until twenty minutes after the blaze began. When panic broke out, people trapped inside found that the fire doors were locked.

Fire-at-Summerland-complex-581083The Summerland disaster occurred when a fire spread through the Summerland leisure centre in Douglas on the Isle of Man on the night of 2 August 1973.

X

One wall of the building was left after the rest was demolished in 1975, as there are concerns its removal might cause the collapse of a cliff nearby.

The disaster caused authorities to significantly change building regulations and fire safety procedures.

On this day: the Bukit Ho Swee Fire

Bukit Ho Swee Fire 25th May 1961

X

Singapore’s most destructive fire occurred on the 25th of May, 1961.

bhs

X

Breaking out in the squatter settlement of Bukit Ho Swee, it killed four, injured eighty-five others, and destroyed over 2800 homes, leaving some 16 000 homeless.

No cause of the fire was ever discovered.

On this day: the Rhythm Club fire

rhythm-club-natchez-fire-victims

On the 23rd of April, 1940 a packed club in Natchez, Mississippi caught fire, killing 209 people and seriously wounding many others.

It remains one of the worst fires in US history.

OTD-April-23---Rhythm-Club-fire-jpg

Because windows and possible escape routes had been boarded up to prevent people outside from enjoying the music, very few people could escape. Most of the victims were African-American.