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Let the Bums Burn: Australia's Deadliest Building Fire and the Salvation Army Tragedies

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In 1966 a fire ripped through Melbourne's William Booth Memorial Home for destitute and alcoholic men. Although it remains Australia's deadliest building fire, it is, like the 30 men who died in that fire - forgotten. This shocking narrative describes the inferno's origin and progression, the slowly festering blaze that developed into an explosive backdraft. It recalls the ...more
Paperback, 116 pages
Published November 17th 2014 by Leech Cup Books (first published November 1st 2014)
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Grant Arthur
Dec 28, 2014 Grant Arthur rated it it was amazing
An amazing book about a little known, but still the worst, building fire disaster in Australia's history.
The main reason I bought this book was because my Father was of the two policemen were the first to arrive at the fire. What they found was a scene of carnage but they got as many of the men, dead or alive, out as they could, for 30 minutes before any other help arrived. He and his colleague were told afterwards that they would get the George Medal for what they did but in the end, they were
Apr 21, 2015 Jgowy rated it it was amazing
Agree with the other reviewers. I got the digital version. Amazing photos with one showing what a flashover can do a body (the fire starter himself ex-limbs and the rest). This wasn't gratuitous but explained in forensic detail - its devastating what 1000 deg can do. Amazed the firefighters in the 1960s didn't have gloves, didn't know CPR, their equipment was quite primitive. Everyone involved should be remembered and have been in this book.
Dec 20, 2014 Jojo rated it it was amazing
Fascinating. It gets straight into the fire, many books of this genre pad with social history etc. It describes the fires progression from backdraft to flashover and the harrowing rescue. I also noticed the names in the credits, arguably some of the best fire inspectors worldwide. It was reviewed by the best.
Dezmon Sam
Dec 26, 2014 Dezmon Sam rated it it was amazing
A must read for those that love the disaster genre books.
Fire Chaser
Jan 13, 2015 Fire Chaser rated it it was amazing
Short but interesting. It has the most number of photos I have seen for a book of this type, very comprehensive (at least 1 per page), some not for the very young.
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