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1918-02-26 Fire ending blazed only for 20 minutes

the ponies were out for the China Stakes. the first race after tiffin interval. were the catastrophe occurred. Attention was naturally directed to the ponies and the crowds were intent on their movement when suddenly a shout arose from the matsheds running from the Royal Hong Kong Golf Club along Wong Nei Cheong Road. People were seen rushing out to the course and then came a noise like the explosion of a huge string of crackers. The mashed nearest the Golf Club was seen to lean towards the road and collapsed. The rest of the line of matsheds followed like a pack of cards, burying hundreds of their inmates in the ruins. The stands were filled with spectators of the races.
The fire was not confined to the matsheds. The terrible thrown out and the sparklings were sufficient to set fire to the Hong Kong Golf Club, which has an intervening spaces of about thirty yards from the matsheds. The fire began and once obtaining a hold, spread quickly. In a short time the rooms at upper floored resembled a blaze and it was evident that the rescuing was doomed. The fire Brigade regular and volunteer, turn up in force, the fire float being into service and pumping water from the sea.
Henry May, with Miss May and party arrived just before noon. “His Excellency the Governor also appeared almost immediately after the alarm was given, and seemed omnipresent in his untiring efforts in giving directions to the Police and Fire Brigade wherever same were needed.”

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