Monday 20 November 2017

Galbraith's bakery destroyed by fire

1964: An explosion in one of seven oil-fired overns in the bakery premises of Galbraith Ltd., Bessexwell Lane, Drogheda, yesterday morning, started a blaze which completely destroyed the building.

Shortly after the fire started three units of the Droghda and Dundalk Fire Brigades arrived. THey prevented the blaze from spreading to adjoining buildings. were 12 employees of the firm on duty at the time of the explosion. All escaped from the blazing building uninjured except James Carroll, Boyle O'Reilly Terrace, Drogheda, who was trapped on the premises and injured his leg when he jumped to safety. He was taken to the Cottage Hospital, Drogheda, and discharged after treatment. The fire brigade pumped thousands of gallons of water on the blaxe, and a laneway leading from Drogheda's Main St. to the bakery was still flooded with water running from the building three hours after the explosion.

The bakery was one of Drogheda's oldest companies. Eighteen months ago it was taken over by the Peter Lyons Ltd. company.

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