Isle of Wight Observer February 20, 1879
To the Editor of the Isle of Wight Observer Dear Sir, – I am pleased to state that the loss occasioned by the late gas explosion at my Outfitting Establishment, 34, High-street, has been promptly met by the Sun and Lancashire Insurance Companies. The damage to the property by the former, and to stock and furniture by the latter Company. The Lancashire Company, upon the representation of their Agent, Mr J A Purnell, have forwarded a cheque for £2 2s to Mr Councillor Barton in acknowledgement of the valuable services rendered by him in running through the shop immediately after the explosion and extinguishing the flame before any serious damage was done to the stock.
34, High-street, Ryde ALFRED MILLER
Feb. 13th, 1879
A link to the story of the explosion can be found here.