November 19, 1995, Wem Town Hall in Shropshire, England
burned down to the ground. As many spectators gathered around the
old building consumed by flames (built in 1905), Tony O'Rahilly was one
of the on-lookers who took photos of the scene with a 200mm telephoto
lens from across the street. One of the photos showed what looks like a
small, partially transparent girl standing in the doorway.
Who is the girl? In 1677 it appears a fire
destroyed much of the town and a young girl, Jane Churm, was said to
have set fire to an old thatched roof with a candle - quite
accidentally. Legend has it her ghost has haunted the area for
centuries, having been seen by different witnesses.
Could the girl be Jane Chum? Neither O'Rahilly nor
any of the other onlookers or firefighters recalled seeing the girl
there, and further examination of the negative proved the ghost picture
to be authentic and not tampered with. No girl was reported
missing after the fire, either.
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