Huddersfield Chronicle (08/Aug/1868) - Lockwood: Fires in Dungeon Wood

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Fires in Dungeon Wood.

About seven o'clock on Sunday night a fire was discovered near that part of Dungeon Wood lying between Hanson Lane and the branch line of railway to Meltham. Mr. Brook Hanson and a number of persons were soon on the spot and stamped out the tire, and up to near midnight all appeared to be safe. Early on Monday morning, however, the fire broke out afresh, and continued to spread and rage alarmingly till half-past two o'clock in the afternoon, when Mr. Dunderdale, agent to H. F. Beaumont, Esq., M.P., the owner of the estate, accompanied by Mr. Superintendent Heaton, Police Constables Redman, Ramsden, Hawksby, and others, with a number of the inhabitants, repaired to the spot to endeavour to arrest the flames. By dint of great exertions, and the aid of a plentiful supply of water, conveyed to the place in barrels from Messrs. Croslands works, and the use of buckets, cans, &c., the fire was completely subdued by ten o'clock at night. The herbage and wood for about fifty or sixty yards square is totally destroyed.