Brisbane Factory Fire 1942

BRISBANE, July 26.1942

Damage estimated at £3000 waa caused by a fire which destroyed premises and plant of the Universal Broom Factory, In Ann-street, Brisbane.

Forty minutes after the fire started only the shell of the factory, which was owned and conducted by Mr. E. Endresa, was left standing.

Helped by stocks of dry millet, the fire spread to the adjoining house, de- stroying all but two front rooms. Pass ing U.S. troops helped the tenants, Mr. and Mrs. C. Roberts, to remove their furniture to safety.

The shell of the two-storied wood and concrete factory building slipped sideways, and leaned on the roof of the adjoining house, which is owned by Mr. McNicol, of Ann-street.

Valuable plant, machinery and electric motors crashed to the ground from the top floor of the factory. Nobody was in the factory when the fire began the fire being reported by a member of the Roberts family.  

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