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A fire occurred yesterday afternoon on the Alfo'rd Forest' Road, whereby the stable, rh iffh-Mi-o p.r.d -moke-house, v,of, Mr Carl !{>■'. ■■ -!i cure:-, were destroyed. Mr Ryel was down in the .township'at the time with his son, and there were only his wife, daughter, and , the • younger children at home. A gentleman passing observed the fire in its, incipient . state,' and had the Alford Forest Road race been in flow then,, as it had been in the morning, he -could have put out the fire with a. few bubkets/of water. But the exigencies of the supply are.such that that face and the < other main race are allowed to flow full, at certain hours only, - and 'long^befqre noon the Forest-Road race had been turned off. When the bell sounded bothy engines turned out,, but the race, only a V chain away iromthe house, being dry, they had to stand idle. Fortunately the wind' was due north, and blew just betweenl, the dwelling:houseiand: a stack, of oat straw,-, catching,'"however, the burning ' stable.' \ .The , lattlef •; burned fiercely, for a few minutes, and theHremen. onthf* -roun-i did .-'1 in their, rpoweivr-. and ■■:.!y-.'.;iv \i--i in liuir power—to save the dwelling . house and the stack;, In both objects' they were successful, apparently by a miracle for^ both the.stack and the house were but a few. feet away from the V.rr.:".r V,-v.llini which, was completed!<n ■ (-(..Wil: Tli-. burnt building contained Ma Ryel's^hplej, stock 4 of

fishing plant, his supply"6f "dried fish for .the ,;vtinter,' trade,; several** bags -of,.salt; three or fonr tons of chaff^ and a large quantity- of sparer household furniture that had been stored in the upper storey. There was no insurance on either the burned building, the house, or the oat stack, and by the fire Mr Ryel calculates he will be a loser by about £160. „ r

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FIRE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2415, 1 May 1890

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FIRE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2415, 1 May 1890

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