At Greenstreet yesterday a fire began about noon m a heavy gorse feuoe a few yards on the Ashburton side of Mr Wm Sutherland's gate near the road leading to the house. When the alam was given no o«e able to oope with the fire was at home, Mr Bntherlaud and his men being away threshing, and only Mrs Sutherland and her young children being at the house. One ef the children went to Mr P Weldon'a for help, whioh was fortunately at opoe available Mr We don and some of his men at once attacking the flames and endeavoring by outting the fenoe m places to arrest the progress of the fire, but without avail, the strong wind and v*>ry dry nature of everything, caußiner the fire to run very rapidly along the fenoe towards Greenstreet and also back towards Mr Sutherland's house. This latter danger was, however, soon averted but meantime tha flames had reaohed the end of the paddock and caught a good sized etack of clover bay whioh burnt very fierooly and large flikes of burning bay were carried by the wind aorosa the road, at onoe spreading the fire to thai aide. The fences about the sohoolhouse were noon In fhmes m various places, and the heat and amoke vete by thla time very great. Mist Dohe^y, with muoh presence of mind, at onoe aent some of the elder boya on their horses to ralae the alarm, and they soon spread the news of the five to various homesteads, but nn fortunately m some oisea help was scanty, the farmers being now busily engaged oartlng grain to Aihburton. However, a number of willing bands soon got got to work and with the help of buckets of water from the race the at side of the road Bad wet bags they suooeeded la getting the fire under, both In Mr Sutherland's paddooks and alto round the school bntldiagft, not, however, before the fire bad burnt very close up to the eohool room, In fact some of the paint was sooiohed, and at one time it was feared the building must go. The fire m the meantime had raptdly spread down a back road leading to Mr W Green'a, where it consumed a quantity of grass, fencing, and a large straw stack, but fortunately all the grain was away, and ao out of danger. The fire also spread over paddocks earroundlng Air J. W, Oliver's house etc , and also bunt the fences of bis plaoe, m faot it was only by great exertions on the part of the neighbors that the house wm saved, the fie spreading even into the front garden and soorohlng the plants on the lawn. Mr Green's house narrowly eeoaped, being only saved by the water freely used on the fence?, etc, by whioh it is burronqded. Mr Sutherland values his haystack at about £30, and is very fortunate m not being a much heavier loser, having grain stacks m paddooks on both sides of the road, and also a large number of eheop near the scene of the fire, which at one time were m great danger. Mr Green estimates his loss at £50, without reckoning loss of fencing or grass burnt. This gentleman had a paddock, miming from his house to Mr R. .Anderson's, all ploughed up, and i this, no doubt, was a great help In limiting the ravages of »he fire. Probably bot for this ploughed land the fltmes would have extended to Mr R Anderson's pid docks wh<oh contained some valuable ataoks of grain, and from there gone right down the Forks, sweeping ihe farms of Messrs Sargent, Krisby, Oorbetr, and others. It is stated^ that abp'ut the time the fire broke out three teams weye coming a'ong the road from Alford Foregt with loads of firewood, and that the drivers' attention was oalled to the fire by a mounted constable who was tiding towards Ashburton m company wi'h a boy, the oodb able, however, taking no Bteps to put oat the fire or waiting to see the fire over, and we understand some of those interested are takipg steps to have the matter enquired into, with the hope of of being able to discover who first caused the fie. Considering the extreme heat of the weather recently and the strong wind of yesterday, the damage done is very small, and although to-day a visitor may not see much to alarm him, yet during yesterday afternoon and evening the Greenstreet people hud a very anxious tim n , and ara very muoh to be commended for the fight (hey ma'do with the flames.
(PBB PRESS ASSOCIATION.) tfß^ftON, Maroh 15. The £ad(eq' Roman Catholic High School wag oompletely da»troyo ! by fire this evening, shortly after nine o'olook. The papllg, numbering thirteen, bad just gone to bed. »nd there was only one light m the building, a gas jet m tbe corridor. The fire originated m a room In which the pnplls' wardrobes are kept, and there had been no lights In this room during the evening, The building, which was of considerable siz3, was. burned down to the ground. Three pianos and a few pictures were the only things saved. The pupils were awakened by the slater m charge, and jaat escaped, not htvtnq time to idreea. It 1b not known whether the building was Insured, aa the Mother Superior is away m Auckland, The High School was isolated, beiug some diatanoe from the Glrla' Ophanuge, Church and Preahytory. A gale was blowing at the time, and m a few mlDutes from tho outbreak the building was enveloped m flames The loss will be considerable, as it fa known that the furniture B»d the pupila* effects were uninsured, Nelson, Maroh 13. There was no insurance on the Catholic sohool burnt last night. Trie estimated v»lae of the bnilding alone was £7500, QHMfeTCHUROK, March 12, This afternoon some hundrads of aorea of feed, extensive plantations, and the fencing round 4QQ acres, were burned at Mr J. S. Whites estate at Ohoka The house w»s Bived only by the great exertions of a l*rgo number of men, two. of wb^oq) were badly burnt.
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GREENSTREET., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2086, 13 March 1889
GREENSTREET. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2086, 13 March 1889
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