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SERIOUS FIRE IN DUNEDIN.

FINDLAY'S WOODWARE FACTORY

BURNED,

LOSS £17,000.

[per press association.]

Dunbwn, May 13. The woodware factory belonging to Findlay and Co., Limited, was discovered to be on fire about 10 o'clock to-night, by which time the flames had a good hold of the place. For nearly an hour the fire blazed furiously, illuminating brilliantly the railway station, shipping,. and buildings in the vicinity, but it was then got under. A considerable amount of damage was done. The gaol, which is situated exactly opposite the scene of the fire, escaped, and perfect order wss, preserved among the prisoners, - _ 'I?indlay?s, buildings, which,cover half-an-aoro, wore c-topl #■>.■> .}, .: :i ,y e d, with the «'.v.<:i»- :<>ii df a hii!i!ljim;; „; recently erected. The estimated value of. the Stock and.machinery is £25,000." The Insurance amounts only to £5000, and the

loss must be between £15,000 and £20,000.

Dunedin, May 14. When the brigade and salvage corps arrived on the scene, the fire had got a firm hold on all that portion of the buildings fronting Stuart street, and made its way through the roof with great rapidity, spreading until the entire extent of the wood-ware factory was in flames. In about 20 minutes from the time the alarm was given, the firemen had effected an entrance by means" of the roof into the upper portion of the hard-ware premises, and the brigade got one hose to play on the Stuart street portion, then a second, I and then the water main in Cumberland street was tapped, till eventually eight branches were directed on the building. After half an hour's hard work the fire decreased in violence. Several jets were directed to the vicinity of the office, and by this means the books were saved. The i safe kept them from injury. Fragments j of office furniture were rescued. Welldirected efforts from Stuart street saved the new tub and bucket factory. The top Btorey of the hard-ware premises, which are of brick, was gutted, and the stock in the lower storey was considerably damaged by water. The only man on the premises at the time of the fire was Joshua Moss, watchman. He commenced his duties at 5 o clock, just as the mill closed, and found everything right. He visited the engine-room, and saw all safe there. The boiler fire was banked up for the night and the furnace door closed, and he saw nothing in the room which .could catch fire.. After this he did not visit the" engine room again as he rarely goes there. At about nine o'clock he was working in the yard and when going into the building at a quarter to ten saw a light in the engine room and discovered the flooring over the boiler to be on fire. He gave the alarm and went to the hose. Two or three men came to his assistance and he got the water on, but : the fire spread with such rapidity that he •auld do nothing. The boiler had a brick top; and everything.seemed.as safe as it could possibly be. The origin of the fire up to this time is a but it is supposed that some timber ; work in the vicinity of the boiler became heated and' had taken fire." Eighty men and boys will be thrown out of employing:)!. The manager, Mr (jiirdincT, is of opinion that the premises, including the mill, woodyard, factory, and ironmongery warehouse could not be estimated as worth less than £25,000. Of this not more than £5000 was covered by insurance. The mill/ and machinery are entirely destroyed, the hardware department is gutted, and very little stock left uninjured, so that the loss will probably be between £15,000 and £20,000.

The insurances on the saw mill were:— South British £250 ; New Zealand £500 ; Standard £500 ; Phoenix £500 ; Union £250; Northern £300; total £2300. Also £500 on ironmongery stock in the Phoenix; building £500, South British. There were further insurances on stock which is undamaged. The premises and stock are valued at £20,500, making the loss about £17,000.

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SERIOUS FIRE IN DUNEDIN., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2429, 14 May 1890

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SERIOUS FIRE IN DUNEDIN. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2429, 14 May 1890

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