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Disaster at a Wedding Party

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Disaster at a Wedding Party

Post by Karen on Tue 19 Jul 2011 - 16:45


At the Metropolitan Hospital on Wednesday, Dr. Roderick Macdonald, M.P., held an inquest respecting the death of Thomas Newing, aged 50, a litho' printer, lately residing at 24, Buckland-road, New North-road. Mary Ann Newing, the widow, stated that on the 5th inst. witness and the deceased were at a wedding party at 25, Alma-street, Hoxton. Preparations were being made for a dance, and the deceased and a Mrs. Bond rose up at the same time, and by some means a table on which a paraffin lamp stood was overturned, with the result that the lamp exploded, and in an instant the whole room was in flames. Witness with difficulty made her escape, but not before her clothing had been burnt. The deceased, however, was severely burned before he could be rescued. Charles Elledge, the proprietor of the Alma Tavern, stated that he was one of the guests at the party, and was about to play the piano for the dancers when the lamp exploded. The burning oil ran all over the carpet and set fire to the curtains. With difficulty witness rescued the deceased and Mrs. Bond, and in so doing sustained a severe burn on the right hand. Mrs. Bond and the deceased were both badly burned, and had to be removed to the hospital. Mrs. Bond was now progressing favourably under the care of a doctor at her own home. Witness was of opinion that the lamp was overturned by the deceased, who was blind in one eye. The Fire Brigade had to be called, and the fire was soon extinguished. Dr. Charles Marshall, house surgeon, stated that death, which ensued on Saturday last, was due to exhaustion from the severe burns, and kidney disease. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death.

Source: The Hackney Express and Shoreditch Observer, April 23, 1892, Page 3

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