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STEAMER ON FIRE.

   
The Mercury, Saturday 29 August 1914, page 3

STEAMER ON FIRE

JANUS PUTS INTO ALBANY

FLAMES HAVE STRONG HOLD

Albany, August 28.

The steamer Janus (4830 tins) of the British India line, en route from Calcutta to the Eastern States, arrived at Albany early this morning with a serious fire buring in No. 2 hold.

The vessel left Fremantle on Wednesday, and all went well until 11:30 o'clock last night when it was discovered that the cargo in No. 2 hold was on fire.

As the cargo consisted of Indian produce, including tea, jute and fibre, all of which are of a highly flammable nature, Captain Colin McDonald, who is in charge, headed full steam for Albany. As the steamer entered the harbour she was enveloped in smoke, and the fire soon spread to the bunkers and No. 1 hold.

All the cargo in No. 2 hold is damaged, and it is anticipated that the cargo in No. 1 hold will be found to have suffered to a considerable extent. The decks of the vessel, too, are badly damaged. The fire was raging under the saloon at the time of the vessel's arrival in port. There were 9 passenges on board, who have been landed.

Launches with pumps on board and the local firemen are at work, but up till late this afternoon they had not got the fire under control. How the fire started is not known.

 

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