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FIRE AT WELLINGTON.

Wellington, Last night.

A most serious tire broka out last night which resulted in the total destruction of Janies Smith's Ta Aro House. This establishment was one of the largest drapers’ and clothiers' businesses in town. About 6 o’clock last night, one of the assistants, in lighting the gas in the window, accidentally set fire to some fabrics, which speedily spread, and resisted all efforts to extinguish them Immediately the fiimes were found to have a firm hold, all the shutters were dropped to prevent a draft, and the Fire Brigade were on the spot without delay, bat not in sufficient tima to stay the destruction of the building. It was raining heavily at the time, and what stock was removed, if not damaged by water inside the building, was destroyed by the rain. Owing tc the insurance offices being closed, no correct information respecting risks can be obtained, but it is estimated that the buildr ing and stock are covered for LIO,OJO, distributed over several offices. (By Telegraph.) Wellington, To-day. The following are the correct insurances on Te Aro House and stock as far as at present can be ascertained : South British, LI, 125 ; Colonial, LIOOO, National, LSOO ; New Zealand, LI, 500; Liverpool, London and Globa, lil,ooo ; Northern, L 1,500 ; United, L 250.; Union, LSOO ; North British, L50O; Hanseatic, L 126 ; Victoria, LSOO ; hire Insurance Association, LSOO ; Norwich Union, L 500; Australian Mercantile, L7OO ; Sun, L 500; Hatnburg-Magdeburg, LSOO ; Guardian, LI,500; Equitable, L 75 0; a London office (name unknown), LI,OO0 —total, L 14,500.

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FIRE AT WELLINGTON., Ashburton Guardian, Volume V, Issue 1518, 20 April 1885

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FIRE AT WELLINGTON. Ashburton Guardian, Volume V, Issue 1518, 20 April 1885

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