Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Horses Burnt to Death at Luton

Fire engine outside Luton Town Hall after Peace Riots, 1919 [Z1306/75/10/23/20]

Wednesday 19th May 1915: The Luton Fire Brigade were called out this afternoon to a fire in a military stables occupied by the 4th Home Counties Brigade Ammunition Column. The stable, opposite the Steam Laundry in Dunstable Road, was well alight when the motor fire engine arrived. When the fire broke out in the forage stores there were twenty horses in the stable; two of these were burnt to death. The rest had been rescued by the time the Fire Brigade arrived, but unfortunately two other horses had suffered such severe burns that they had to be destroyed. Four more were badly burned.

Source: Leighton Buzzard Observer and Linslade Gazette 25th May 1915

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