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Fires in Dunedin.

[by telegraph.] DuNfebiN, To-day. A fire broke out at ten minutes past 9 o’clock on Saturday night in a fourroomed house, owned and occupied by Harrold, grocer, Brown street. Very little could be done on account of the scarcity of water, and just before the brigade arrived it seemed probable that Campbell's house, adjoining, would be destroyed; it, however, escaped with a scorching. The tenement in which the fire originated was, with its whole contents completely burnt. Mr. Harrold- is at present away on a trip to Melbourne. Mrs. Harrold on Saturday night went out at half-past 8 o’clock, leaving a kerosene lamp in the back bedroom. Harrold’s house was insured in the Transatlantic for L2OO, and the furniture was insured in the same office for Ll5O. Campbell’s house was insured in the National for Ll5O. Wright’s furniture is covered by a policy in the same office for LIOO. A risk on the house in the Union expired on Ist inst. A fire which completely gutted Hudson’s flourmill, bakery, and biscuit factory, and considerably damaged a portiion of the imW Coffee Palace, broke out at twenty minutes to two on Sunday morning. , The

new Coffee Palace is built immediately in front of the old Masonic Hall. For some years this building has been occupied by Hudson as a mill, store, and factory. The general opinion, is the fire originated in the bakehouse, but on this matter there is a difference of opinion. The alarm was raised by the stableman of the City Hotel. At the time the fire broke out. there were four the Coffee,Palace--MIV S. S. Hawkins (manager), Mrs* Hawkins, and two female servants (Isabella Menzifcs and Elizabeth Boss). A boy slept-in - the room adjoining tho factory, but fully 100 feet from where the fire started. Mr. and Mrs. Hawkins occupied a room on the first flour of the Coffee Palace,-overlooking Hocken’s dwelling house, and the servants a room oh the next flat immediately'above Hawkins’ rooms. On Mrs. Hawkins’ opening, the door a volume of smoke ont.ored the room!: Tho first thing done was to rouse the servants. By this time the Fire Brigade, with the “escape,” were at the fire. All were in a short time rescued by means of the fire escape. At this time the building at the back was a mass of flame, wheat, sugar, butter, and other stock burning fiercely. Several streams of .water were soon turned |On the building, as many' as six branches being used at one time. The walls confined the flames within the building, but the water was played bn Hocken’s building, and all danger of its catching fire was rempvqdTho roof of the coffee palace caught fire, and was greatly damaged before the flames were checked by the water. The construe* tion of the palace aided the brigade; id keeping the fire back, as the firerpen were enabled to play upon the fire from, so many different . positions. 'By 1 about 3 o’clock the fire Was checked, and' by 4 aU dapger was oyer. ( The the f|re is a mystery! Andrew IMunfoe, fprentyp baker, was the last man known to be in

the bakehouse, and he was there at about 11.30 p.m. on Saturday, for the purpose of putting potatoes in the oyen to set a ferment on Sunday for Monday’s bread. ■ Whenheleft.-he states there was no sign of '^'\'^Kee.;c,. l rhe;firß in the kitchepk of Hie was extinguimd immediately after tea, land there 'wi|B nqfeßre there at known to servants. - Hawkins want over the buildings as late as 10.30 in order to see that everything was safe, and then there was no sign of fire. There was a large stock of goods in the store, and is of jrery considerable value. The coffee palace had yefy little furniture in .it, as it was hot intended to open it for ten days, though furniture’ had" been- purchased to' the value of L 2,000, and would have been in in the. course of a few days. The furniture was not insured, but the damage .done to property will be covered by about LlO, and the damage to the building is more than covered by insurance.. Five Lodges of Freemasons met in the lodge room above, the mill and factory, besides the Royal Arch Chapter, and two Grand Lodges—one under the English and the other under the Scottish Constitution. The regalia and furniture of the lodges, including a harmonium and organ, estimated as worth LBOO, was destroyed. The insurance oh them is about LSOO, divided between the Standard, National, and Victoria Companies. The Grand Lodge records and charter are in the office of the secretary and safe. The documents of the Arch Chaper are saved, being in the custody of one of the officers.

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Fires in Dunedin., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 268, 14 February 1881

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Fires in Dunedin. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 268, 14 February 1881

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