Great Fire of St Austell

The aftermath of the fire in Fore Street St Austell
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The aftermath of the fire in Fore Street St Austell

October 18th 1940 was St Austell’s Great Fire when eight shops and a café were destroyed, and five others including Woolworths and an inn were badly damaged. Miraculously there were no serious injuries and no fatalities among human kind. By the end of the day of the disaster, the St Austell Co-opertive Society in Fore Street had seen its whole store and most of the stock go up in flames, as well as the premises and stock of its neighbours and those on the short road to Chandos Place.

The aftermath of the Great Fire in St Austell
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The aftermath of the Great Fire in St Austell