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Mill Fire [Apr. 22nd, 2009|09:03 am]
Tony Grist
My mother-in-law rang around nine. She wanted to know what all the black smoke was about. I hadn't noticed it myself, so I went outside- and there it was boiling up behind the housetops. Not only smoke, but flakes of fire. A passer-by said it was the mill belonging- "excuse my french- to that robbing bastard". We knew exactly who he meant
 
Ailz and I got into the car and went to have a gawp, but the streets were clogged, so we gave up- and drove home- and I set out again on foot to find a viewpoint.

A crowd had gathered at a point halfway up Honeywell Lane- where we could look through the gates of an adjoining property right into the heart of the blaze. By the time I arrived the walls were gone- and the fire was roaring away among the girders. Every time a really tall flame went up the crowd cheered. 



This morning the air smells of char, the newspapers assure us no-one was hurt- and rumours are flying.


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[User Picture]From: ideealisme
2009-04-22 11:09 am (UTC)
The wrath of God is wondrous to behold :)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-04-22 12:51 pm (UTC)
One of rumours is that a generator blew up after having been rigged to steal electicity from the grid.
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[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2009-04-22 11:35 am (UTC)
Trouble at t'mill?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-04-22 12:51 pm (UTC)
Big trouble! :)
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[User Picture]From: mamarose
2009-04-22 12:54 pm (UTC)
A few years ago I was visiting a friend and the lumberyard in her town burned. When puffs of flame lit the night sky, the gathered crowd gasped. Upon reading of your cheering to a similar situation I just had to follow your link. What a terrible person! Do you suppose he set fire to the place for the money? I'm sure that's amongst the rumors flying about. I hope that's not the case, I hope this is some sort of natural justice being played out.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-04-22 01:04 pm (UTC)
It's possible it's an insurance job- but would he really be that stupid? Another possibility is that his enemies did it- God knows he's got enough of them. A third is that it's a a perfectly natural, honest-to-goodness accident.
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[User Picture]From: mamarose
2009-04-22 01:25 pm (UTC)
I imagine that when fires burn so hot, that figuring out how it happened is a challenge, but hopefully there will be answers.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-04-22 04:04 pm (UTC)
I expect the forensic people will come up with something. They usually do.
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2009-04-22 01:38 pm (UTC)
I followed the Wikipedia link, too. Apparently there were attempts to torch his residence in the past.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-04-22 04:10 pm (UTC)
That's right. And it seems the police investigation got nowhere...
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[User Picture]From: wlotus
2009-04-22 03:48 pm (UTC)
This morning the air smells of char...

Karma's calling card. :-)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-04-22 04:17 pm (UTC)
Yeah.

But then you have to consider that 200 people have been put out of work- just like that- in an area that already suffers from high unemployment...

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[User Picture]From: wlotus
2009-04-22 04:19 pm (UTC)
That's the bad side of when bad people get paid back for their deeds; the little guy also suffers.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-04-22 04:54 pm (UTC)
For all the cheering that was going on last night, this was bad news for the local community.

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[User Picture]From: daisytells
2009-04-22 03:58 pm (UTC)
Do you think it was the owner, having a non-paying business torched in order to collect the insurance? Just a thought...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-04-22 04:13 pm (UTC)
It's possible, but I doubt it. Firstly because- with his criminal reputation- he'd be unlikely to get away with it and secondly because- so far as we know- his kitchens business was doing rather well- in spite of all the bad publicity.
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2009-04-22 06:20 pm (UTC)
A passer-by said it was the mill belonging- "excuse my french- to that robbing bastard". We knew exactly who he meant.

I just hope no one else is going to pay for his karmic payback . . .

Those are beautiful pictures, though: both the fire and its aftermath.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-04-22 09:08 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately some 200 people have lost their jobs.

I'm glad you like the pictures.
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2009-04-22 10:11 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately some 200 people have lost their jobs.

I am sorry.
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2009-05-01 12:52 pm (UTC)
That orange picture is MARVELOUS, Tony.

(Our news this morning is that a major tire recycle lot is on fire, black tarry smoke pouring into the sky...it may burn for days, even with rain; the warehouse, also on fire, was filled with tires as well as old tires piled in the lot.)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-05-01 01:47 pm (UTC)
The picture is severely cropped. It wasn't anywhere near that close :)

We drove past the site yesterday (30/4/09) and the fire had finally stopped putting out smoke.

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