The Rushden Argus July 15th 1921, transcribed by Susan Manton
Outbreak at Old “Fever Hospital” Rushden
On Sunday morning the Fire Brigade received a call to proceed to the old “Fever Hospital” Bedford Rod, where fire broke out. The call was received at 10.40 and the Brigade, under second officer Packwood made smart response, leaving the station with No. 1 steamer at 10.49. Upon arrival however, it was found that the tenant of the building, an employee of Mr. C.E. Knight, farmer, had secured the help of Mr. Rowe, the Urban Council’s foreman, who was on his allotment nearby, and succeeded in putting out the flames. The building, which is now used for ordinary domestic purposes, is matchboarded inside and the fire was caused by the heat from a flue pipe igniting some of the woodwork.