Careless Smoker Causes Pier Fire

Smoker’s carelessly discarded match causes pier fire

On Sunday forenoon last some floorboards on the pier were found to be on fire. Fortunately, the vigilance of the Pier Master, Mr Charles Hildred, discovered the fire before it had much of a hold on the dry woodwork, and extinguished it with a few buckets of water.
Had it occurred during the night the consequence may have been serious and the handsome structure damaged of destroyed.
It is hoped that smokers will be more careful in future.

Source: Skegness Herald 1898

Picture: Charles Hildred c1887.

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