About ten o’clock on the morning of Monday 20th August 1923, fire broke out in the pattern store at the Blantyre Engineering Company’s works at Forrest Street.
By the time the fire brigade had arrived from Cambuslang, the store and valuable patterns it contained were practically gutted. The flames rapidly spread to the pitched glass roof and the moulding shop adjoining. The firemen succeeded in confining the outbreak to this portion of the works, which still suffered considerably. The damage was estimated between £4,000 and £5,000. The cause of the outbreak was never published, perhaps left unknown.
This amazingly clear photo from 1922, shows the Blantyre men who worked in the Engineering Works and many of them would have been there, the day of the fire a year later. I’ve zoomed in on the faces, just in case there are some fathers, grandfathers and great grandfathers in there. With thanks to Gordon Cook for sharing this photo.
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