Over the years, there have been a number of fires at Wesley's Chapel. The 1879 fire was particularly bad and caused much damage. However, a fire in 1952 also had the potential to become devastating, had it not been for the fire crew extinguishing the blaze in time. The photograph shows smoke rising from the Chapel roof and the firemen working hard to put out the blaze.
See also the other images of this fire in the Online Collection.