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In Ireland, firefighters fail to save six people trapped in a Dublin housefire.

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06/07/1866

A fire in central Dublin broke out in a row of shopfronts in the commercial district and trapped the family of a merchant tailor who lived in the upper floors.  Firefighters approached the house but through inefficiency and the nature of the fire were unable to rescue a wife, three daughters, a maid, and a male visitor from the upstairs window.  Reportedly, this failure of the fire brigade caused anger and resentment for some time in the neighborhood and across the Irish city.  (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

"Chronicle," The Annual Register: A Review of Public Events at Home and Abroard for the Year 1866 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1867), 60-62.

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