Shortly after 4 o’clock on Wednesday morning, the fire brigade received  
information of a fire in Charlton Street, Somers Town, London.

Engines from St. Pancras, Holborn, Clerkenwell, and other station promptly  
attended. The fire proved to be at the Coffee House public house, 32 Charlton  
Street, the whole house of 18 rooms was destroyed.

During the early stages of the fire the front wall of the house fell  forward
into the street, burying one of the firemen beneath the ruins. As  quickly as
possible the poor fellow was extricated from the debris but life was  extinct.

Deceased’s name was Patrick FITZGERALD, and he belonged to the Holborn Fire  
Station. He’d been but one year in the fire brigade, and leaves a widow and
one  child, about three months old.