October 26th 1996 “There was a scene of total devastation after a fireball ripped through a suburban street yesterday. Eighteen homes were destroyed in the searing heat. Twelve were severely damaged. Dozens of cars were burnt out, tarmac and road signs melted and more than 100 residents were evacuated. But though eight people were taken to hospital, no-one was seriously hurt. The fire broke out in a Pickfords furniture warehouse in Hoole, Chester, at about 1.30am. Firemen called it […]

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