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in Collyhurst, Manchester
1887 Serious fire at the Little Green Dye Works of John Walton, dyer, bleacher and finisher, at Collyhurst Old Road. There were two buildings, separated by a narrow lane, and the older one (60 years old) caught fire. This contained six boilers under pressure, and concern was raised about the danger of explosion when the walls fell upon them. The steam was released, causing great difficulty for the firemen's visibility and communication. 'The muddy Irk, which flows within a few yards of the building was for this once of some use to Mr Walton, for, by free use of its waters, the fire was confined to the block in which it broke out.'