THE OAMARU FIRE.
(by telegraph.) O AMARU, Jan. 30. Tho report which was in circulation yssterday that a man had lost his life in the fire in the Queen's Hotel was verified today by the finding of a few calcined human bones. The police made every enquiry about the town for the missing man, and then proceeded to make a careful search in the ruins of the building. They discovered the bones and the man’s watch together. The latter was recognised as the property of a man named William King, who had been lodging in the hotel for some time past, and who was in the bakehouse adjoining the hotel immediately before the alarm of fire was given, when he rushed into the building with the intention of saving some property, anti must have been suf focated in the dense smoke which filled tho house. The remains were found in the vicinity of the passage, and the flames or smoke must have caught him as he was endeavouring to make his way out. He was a carpenter by tx’ade, 38 years of age, and is described as a stea,dy man. A rumor was circulated that a second man was missing, but if so, no trace has yet been discovered of him in the remains of the hotel.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 55, 31 January 1880
THE OAMARU FIRE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 55, 31 January 1880
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