Telegraph Poles Fire

On Friday 24th October 1913, The Bellshill Division of the County Fire Brigade attended a serious outbreak of fire at High Blantyre.

The location was at High Blantyre near Dalton junction on the road back down to Newton. On fire was an enormous stack of telegraph poles which had been lying in a field.

It was unknown how they became ignited, the cause never identified. By the time the Bellshill Brigade arrived, the flames were blazing 30 feet into the air. The stack consisted of over 36 wooden poles each of which was 60 feet in length. The tar coating of the poles fed the flames to such an extent that although the Brigade speedily exterminated the fire, the damage was considerable. The loss was estimated as £200 (about £25,000 in todays money).

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