NOSTALGIA: Firefighters tackle blaze at Boston bank in 1986 – their second major fire in two days

This was the dramatic scene in Wide Bargate, Boston, this month in 1986.

Wide Bargate, Boston, October 1986.
Wide Bargate, Boston, October 1986.

Hundreds of shoppers gathered to watch 38 firefighters tackle a blaze at TSB that engulfed the roof of the bank.

It was the second major fire in as many days for the fire service.

The previous day, firefighters risked being blown up at a burning workshop in Wyberton’s Slippery Gowt Lane.

A fuller version of the same photograph.

Seven cylinders of gas at the site had to be quickly removed to avoid disaster.

Together, the fires caused damage totalling more than £100,000.