It is argued that a second, catastrophic fire on board Waratah was unlikely, as there was nothing particularly flammable in the cargo. It is interesting that Indarra, which shared similar limitations to Waratah, experienced a fire, the cause of which was a mystery. It was fortunate that the fire took place while Indarra was in port and subdued by flooding the hold. If this had occurred at sea the outcome could have been tragic. It was standard procedure to flood the holds which contained fire. In a heavy steamer, prone to stability issues, such flooding irrespective of the damage caused by the fire could have had dire consequences. It is also interesting to note that the fire was not detected until smoke issued from ventilators.