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Destruction of a Boil'ng Down Establishment. —At 2 a.m yesterday, the boiling down establishment belonging to Mr. Boyd Thomson, Temuka, was totally destroyed by fire. The fire was discovered by one of the six men in Mr Thomson’s employ, living near the spot, who was awoke through hearing a crackling noise. He immediately roused his mates, but it was too late to save anything, and the building was soon level with the ground. Fortunately the vat and boiler were only slightly damaged. There were eighteen or twenty carcasses of sheep on the premises, killed the previous night, 85 hides, and several ready made casks. The origin of the fire is unknown and is attributed to be the work of an incendiary, as there had been no fire on the premises since the Friday previous. There were no insurances on the building or its contents, and the loss is estimated at L4OO. Fortunately for Mr Thomson a quantity of tallow, in casks, was taken, from .the establishment the day before to the railway station, to be conveyed to Timaru, otherwise his loss would have been fully Ll5O more

At Christchurch. —Early this morning it was found that -a fire had broken out at Messrs P. Cunningham and Co.’s premises, ■ High and Lichfield streets. The store, in which thfe five was, had formerly been used by Messrs Steggall and Howe, produce merchants, and, after having remained vacant for some time was in process of being fitted up as offices for Messrs Black, Davies, and Co. Notwithstanding that the fire had obtained a good hold the brigade’s alacrity saved the premises, the fire being confined to the portion of the premises in which it began. By a telegram received to-day, wo learn that the estimate of damage at the fire is about LI, OOO, and is covered by insurances in the London, Liverpool' and Globe, South British, and National offices.

And yet Another. — A very destructive fire occurred at Irwell on Tuesday afternoon, whereby Mr C. T. Hudson lost his farm buildings and also a quantity of grain. The ! fire is supposed to have broken out in the stable, and when first discovered had got such a hold that all attempts to extinguish it failed. Stored in the granary and wool shed was a considerable quantity of wheat, oats, and grass seed. The buildings were fully in-sured,-and the graiii : only partly.— Press.

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FIRES, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 307, 31 March 1881

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FIRES Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 307, 31 March 1881

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