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Dublin's Great Whiskey Fire of 1875

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Most people burn to death in fires. In this warehouse fire, 13 Dubs died from alcohol poisoning....

The night a river of whiskey ran through the streets of Dublin

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It is stated that caps, porringers, and other vessels were in great requisition to scoop up the liquor as it flowed from the burning premises, and disgusting as it may seem, some fellows were observed to take off their boots and use them as drinking cups,” reported The Irish Times on June 21st.
“What was the result? Eight men were carried in a comatose state to Meath Hospital; twelve to Jervis Street Hospital; three to Stevens’ Hospital; and one young man to Mercer’s Hospital. And even these numbers do not represent the entire of the persons put hors de combat by the drink.”
In all, 13 people are understood to have died as a result of the fire. None of the deceased perished in the flames, nor did they die of smoke inhalation - each succumbed to alcohol poisoning from drinking “freely of the derelict whiskey”.


Should the tax on whiskey have been lower?

Or does this suggest that in times past many of us just wanted to "get out of it", irregardless of the risks?
 


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from the link...

The Irish Times also reported “a case of canine suicide” in the aftermath of the fire. On Tuesday night, a dog ran through the open door of the home of William Eyre on Dominick Street Upper. The animal was “foaming at the mouth and evidently either rabid or suffering from delirium tremens,” at the hands of the lapped-up whiskey.

The dog dashed madly about the house, knocking over furniture and attacking the homeowner. When Mr Eyre fended the dog off using an iron bar, the animal ran upstairs, jumped from a top floor window and “terminated its existence in the road below”.
 

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The best bit was that the fire chief, Ingrams, realised that dousing the fire with water would have no effect because the whiskey would just float on top, so he ordered his men to smother it in horse dung - which was plentiful.

He was hot sh*t, that guy.
 

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