The following article is reproduced from the Ipswich Journal of the 3rd of June 1809.
Yesterday morning, about 8 o’clock a fire broke out at a cottage in the village of Bramford, about 2 miles from this town, nearly opposite the Angel which, from the violence of the wind, raged with such fury, that in the short space of three hours ten or twelve houses were completely destroyed. On this calamity being first made known fire engines were immediately taken to the spot. Col. Vernon ordered the rifle company of his regiment to march to the village; a detachment of the Northumberland Militia, and a troop of the Kings German Legion*, were also on duty there. From the very great exertions of those who had assembled there a line of buckets was formed to the river, and a plentiful supply of water was procured, by which the fury of the flames was checked about 11 o’clock. Col. Vernon, Major Wenyeve, several other Officers of the garrison and many of the principal inhabitants of this town, were extremely active in forming the line and handling the buckets and from the engines; and by the assistance rendered to the to the sufferers, some of their little property was saved. We are sorry however to state, that a poor woman of the name of Lee, perished in the flames. The fire is said to have been occasioned by a person having suffered the soot of a foul chimney to burn under an idea of cleaning it, a (spark) from which falling upon the adjoining thatched cottage, almost instantly burst into flame.
*The Kings German Legion was formed in 1803 from soldiers of the Hanoverian army, who had escaped from the invading French, to fight for George III. In 1809 some were garrisoned at Ipswich Barracks.