I don’t think I will be spoiling any surprises by sharing this extract from my next Radwinter book. Thomas Radwinter is investigating a family history and he comes across the details of the first attack from the air by a zeppelin. He finds some newspaper cuttings:
I look at the collection of articles I had about the zeppelin attack. There were some contemporary reports in the local newspapers, but one I’d not properly looked at, told me more about Anatole saving the young sisters from the burning hotel. It seemed it wasn’t a bomb which had been dropped, but a tracking flare
Rescue from burning building.
A sensational rescue from a burning hotel was effected in Great Yarmouth last evening, when two young girls, who were half choked with smoke, were led down a back stairs from the top story of Gentzer’s Hotel near Blacksmith’s Lane. The empty hotel had received a direct hit from an incendiary device and the flames spread rapidly. When the firemen arrived the old building was well alight. It took until morning before the flames were all extinguished.
I was intrigued that the writer used the word ‘sensational’ – I’d have thought that was a more modern expression… …
Plucky rescue from burning building
by the gallant act of Anthony Finch
Two young sisters were rescued from death by burning near Yarmouth, early yesterday evening.
Finch was on his way from work, when he saw the zeppelin above but had no notion of what it was. Although filled with terror as fire rained down, when he noticed Gentzer’s old hotel was ablaze, he rushed in. The older girl, Irene had called from the window and Finch found her and the little girl, Mary. The bedroom furniture was on fire but he smothered the flames with an old curtain and despite only having one arm, carried little Mary out of the burning building.
Then, the child having been taken by Mrs Dotes a farmer’s wife, Finch ran back into the house, where he found Irene collapsed on a landing. He succeeded in carrying her down the stairs where the fire men met him.
Both sisters are in hospital unharmed but suffering from the inhalation of smoke
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