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[BY TELEGRAPH.] Auckland, To-day. At 3 o’clock this morning, a disastrous fire broke out in Queen street, the scene of the conflagration being the block occupied by Mrs Coster (milliner), Mr Whitehead (tobacconist), Mr Cole (basket maker), Messrs Mason Bros, (hair-dressers), Mr T. Harris (tobacconist), and Paterson’s store and siabels. Constable Dews, who was on duty on the wharf, saw the fire suddenly burst out, as if an explosion had occurred, and immediately the whole of the shed near Whitehead’s bowling saloon was in flames. As the seat of (he fire could not be reached from Queen street, the constable could do lit tie more than raise the alarm. The Fire Brigade were quickly out, and played on (he premises, but before it had got well to work, Messrs Harris and Mason’s shops, in Queen street, were in flames. The Auckland Savings’ Bank, adjoining, was in great danger. Every effort was made to keep the fire back from it, and after a great struggle, (he fire in Messrs Mason and Harris’ shops was got under. The bank was then safe, but in the meantime the fire had spread in the other direction, catching in turn Mr Whitehead’s and Mrs Coster’s shops, Mr Patterson’s stable, and Payne’s (watchmaker) shop. I'he efforts of the brigade were now directed to put the fire out in Payne’s shop, which had been cleared of goods by the salvage corps. The brigade succeeded by chopping down a partition and the aid of a copious supply of water. 'l’he buildings between the bank and Payne’s shop were all old wooden structures. A small hosiery establishment ignited from the sparks, but it was put out before any damage was done. Fortunately no horses were in the stable. Little or nothing was saved from any of the shops, except Payne’s. The fire burned brightly for two hours. The insurances are as follows: — South British, Li,ooo (Payne’s stock, all saved) ; Colonial, LBoo ; United, Lioo ; (Northern, Lioo ; Norwich, Lioo; Union, LSOO. Four shops, owned by Messrs Barstow, R.M., and Costelli are believed to be insured.

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GREAT FIRE IN AUCKLAND., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 324, 21 April 1881

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GREAT FIRE IN AUCKLAND. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 324, 21 April 1881