THE GUARDIAN
TUESDAY MAY 24 1960

Firemen amid blazing sacks last evening at a fire at Litherland, Liverpool, in which 1,500,000 sacks were destroyed
at the works of Chisholm and Co., Ltd., Field Lane
The Fire Bobbies in the thick of it

Boy gives alarm at works fire : hour of havoc
By our Liverpool Correspondent
A million-and-a-half sacks and bags were destroyed in less than an hour when a storage building was burned out and a three-storey brick building extensively damaged at the premises of Chisholm and Company, Ltd., sack and bag manufacturers, Field Lane, Litherland near Liverpool, last night.

About 120 employees had just left and a few typists and a couple of directors were about to leave when the fire was discovered.

Gibson Kemp aged 13—whose mother is a typist at the firm—had called for her. As he waited in the corridor he saw flames and raised the alarm. Within minutes the rear storage building was blazing. Flames shot into the main building and families in a number of houses in Field Lane were evacuated.

Firmen from Lancashire county and Bootle got the fire under control. The managing director, Mr Alan Roy, said that the firm hoped to resume trade as soon as possible.
 

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