These were the news headlines following a major incident which occurred at Stowford Paper Mill on 5th May 1914. A fire which started in the main building soon took hold of the entire structure.
Local people along with mill workers gathered outside to watch the spectacle as smoke billowed high into the air. The fire proved to be devastating, curtailing paper production until the building was repaired and creating hardship for the workforce for almost a year. The whole event was recorded in substantial detail in the local newspaper the following day which has helped historians appreciate the scale of the disaster.