|BorBP 4006/1-2, Close-up of Bedford Borough plan of 41 & 45 York Street, 1901 (Bedfordshire Archives & Records Service)|
Sunday 24th December: Sometime after eight o'clock on Sunday evening, a fire broke out at 45 York Street, the residence of Mrs Jacques, her widowed mother and two soldiers of the West Riding Regiment. A large volume of smoke engulfed downstairs and upon investigation, a bedroom was found ablaze. The fire eventually broke through the roof of the property. Fortunately, neighbours and soldiers reacted quickly and provided assistance until the fire brigade arrived. Thanks to this joint effort, the fire was contained to one bedroom, which was completely gutted. A gold watch and a cashbox were amongst items that were destroyed.
Source: AD1082/4a, scrapbook of newspaper cuttings put together by Bedford Volunteer Fire Brigade, 1911-1935 (Bedfordshire Archives & Records Service)