The Slaugham Archive
Barry Ray Year: 1947 Villages: HandcrossThe disastrous fire of Nymans house
The fire which swept through Nymans house on 19th February 1947 was noticed first by Col. Leonard Messel, who was recovering from an operation performed a week before. The bedroom was filled with smoke and he struggled out of bed and raised the alarm to his wife and eight other occupants of the house.
Everyone, some only partly clothed, safely escaped and sheltered initially in the garage and stable buildings.
Fire brigades were called and soon there were 70 fireman at work with pumps from Crawley, East Grinstead, Haywards Heath, Turners Hill, Burgess Hill, and Brighton.
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