Coal Spontaneously Combusts

COAL CAUGHT FIRE
EARLY SUNDAY MORNING INCIDENT AT SKEGNESS STATION YARD
FIRE BRIGADE MOVED SIXTY TONS

Nearly sixty tons of coal was shifted by the Skegness Fire Brigade on Sunday, when, after receiving a call at 7.46 a.m. to the Railway Station coalyard, it was discovered that 150 tons of stacked coal had ignited through spontaneous combustion.
It was fairly obvious that the actual fire was somewhere in the centre of the coal heap, and the outside layers of coal had to be removed in order to reach the centre. A comparatively small amount of coal was lost.

Source: Skegness News 31st August 1949

The story doesn’t mention the name of the coal merchant involved in the incident, but it could well have been Borman Coal Merchant who was in business from 1929 to 1963. The picture below shows Mr Borman’s coal business at the Skegness Train Station, with Wainfleet Road in the background.

borman_coal_skegness

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