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“Times” newspaper (London) Jan. 17th. 1883:
“Captain Shaw’s official report of yesterday morning records one of the most serious fires, as regards loss of life, which has occurred in the metropolis for some two or three years. Five people were burnt to death, several were seriously injured by jumping from a window.
It was shortly before 10 o’clock on Monday night when the fire brigade at Bishopsgate-street were called to a house on fire in the Windsor-street, Widegate-street, City. It was found that the house, No. 5, was one of four floors, occupied by a very large number of lodgers. The front room on the ground floor was occupied by N. Wakeman, lodger; the front room on the first floor by J. Barnes, lodger; the back room by J. Harper, lodger; the front room on the second floor by J. Foley (sic. Frogley?), lodger; the front room on the third floor by J. Murphy, lodger; and the back room on the same floor by P. Galloway, lodger. When the engine arrived the place was on fire from top to bottom, the flames bursting from every window both at the front and the back of the premises. The fire escape, which is generally in front of the Bishopsgate station, was soon on the scene, but was not used. Already four members of the Frogley family had jumped from the second floor window, and had all been seriously injured. The fire brigade got a steamer and powerful hydrant to work with great rapidity, but the flames had obtained such a strong hold of the premises that the powerful deliveries seemed for a long time to have no effect. In the course of an hour the fire was virtually extinguished, and, it having been reported that several people were missing, a search was instituted as soon as the premises had sufficiently cooled, and the dead bodies of five persons were found. Their names are: - Patrick Galloway, aged 73; Mary Galloway, aged 63, Mary Ann Murphy, aged 31 years, Eugine Murphy, aged 14; Kate Murphy, aged 6. The names of those who jumped from a window are: Sarah Frogley, age unknown, Lucy Frogley, aged 14, Edward Frogley, aged 12, and Martha Frogley, aged 9. Captain Shaw’s official report of the fire says: - “Back room on the ground floor and the contents burnt out; rest of the house of nine rooms and the contents very severely damaged by fire, and a part of the roof off.”
The cause of the fire is unknown. In the majority of cases the property on the lodgers is uninsured.”
“Times” newspaper (London) Jan. 22nd. 1883:
“ The Fire in Bishopsgate, On Saturday Mr. W.J. Payne, the coroner for the City and Southwark, opened an inquest at the City of London mortuary, Golden-lane; Barbican, on the bodies of Patrick Galloway, aged 73 years; Mary Ann Galloway, aged 63, Mary Ann Murphy, aged 31; Eugene Murphy, aged 13; and Kate Murphy, aged six, all of whom fell victims to the fire which broke out at 5 Windsor-street, Widegate-street, Bishopsgate, on Monday night last. The court was crowded with the public anxious to hear the evidence.
Mr. F.R. Costelloe, barrister, was present to represent the relatives of the Galloways, Mr. C.A.V. Comybeare, barrister, appeared for the relatives of the Murphys; Mr. C. Fry represented the Metropolitan Board of Works; Mr. Superintendent Campbell, the Metropolitan Fire Brigade; and Mr. Superintendent Faster and Inspector Williams, the City Police force.
The jury, having been empanelled, proceeded to view the bodies, and on their return the forman said several of the jurors had been quite overcome by the dreadful condition of the bodies which they had had to view, and they asked to be allowed to return for a short time. The coroner gave his consent, and the jury were absent about ten minutes. On re-assembling.
Mr. Costelloe said that, before the witnesses were called, he wished to say that he was instructed on behalf of the relatives of some of the unfortunate victims of the fire, and it would be his duty to go into the condition of the tenement, which according to his instructions, it would be mild to characterize as disgraceful. He was instructed that the condition of the house had a good deal to do with the unfortunate loss of life which had resulted from the fire.
The Coroner. - We can only go into the question of the criminal blame. I cannot allow this court to be used for the purpose of ferreting out evidence for the civil proceedings. Mr. Comybeare also expressed his intention of publishing the question of the sanity condition of the premises which had been burnt.
Thomas Galloway, who said he was a soldier, gave evidence of the identification as regarded Mr. and Mrs. Galloway. They occupied the back room on the top floor of the house. The front room was occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Murphy and nine children; and a third room on the same floor was occupied by a man and his wife. The first floor front room was occupied by a man, his wife, and three children, and the back room by a woman named harper (sic. Harper). Each of the two rooms on the ground floor was occupied by a man and his wife. In all there were 32 persons living in the same house. The cellar was used as a workshop. Witnesses’s father paid 2s. 10d. A week for the small room he occupied. The house was a very old one, built mostly of wood. The partitions were of wood or lath and plaster. The thoroughfare was very narrow.
The Coroner. - Who is the owner of the house?
Witness .- Colonel Heywood, I think, Sir.
Witness, continuing, said the front door of the hose
was generally kept open at all hours of the day and night. When the fire broke out he was with his sister, father, and mother in their front room. About half-past 9 o’clock he heard Mrs. Frogley, who was occupied the second floor room, run down the stairs, shouting out “What is the matter?’ That was followed by some one calling out that the house was on fire.