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DESTRUCTIVE Fire in Sydney

[per phbss association.] (Received October 2, 10.40 a.m.) . Sydney, October 2« The most destructive fire which has ever occurred m Sydney began at 2 o'clock this morning m Gibbs, Shallard, and Co.'s printing warehouse. The building is situated m a dense block of premises, bounded by Pitt, Castlereagh, King, and Hunter streets, containing some of the finest and most massively built warehouses and business premises m the city. The buildings were all of stone and brick, and three to five storeys m height. The flames spread with alarming rapidity, and the Southern Club and Feldheim Gottliebb and Co.s large warehouse were soon a seething mass of flames. When these last named buildings had fairly caught the conflagration assumed such dimensions that for the time the brigades were entirely overpowered, and there seemed little prospect of preventing the destruction of the wholp block. One of the Club walls fell, injuring several firemen, and the wind began to increase,, giving further play to the flames. Lark and Sons 'big dry goods establishment was next enveloped, and the fire quickly raged through it, from top to bottom. At this time the wall of Gibbs, Shallards' place fell, injuring another fireman. The wind then changed and drove the flames m the opposite direction, upon the large edifices' m Piti street. Bull and Co.'s four storey soft good.", warehouse caught, together with Piichiirdson and Wrench's, auctioneer", next door. Bull and Co.'s building was quickly ruined,; and the city bank was then enveloped m the general destruction. Another wall fell; this time from Bull's warehouse, crashing through the roof of Richardson and Wrench's establishment. Unfortunately, the fall was again attended with injury to firemen, three of whom were badly hurt, and only with great difficulty rescued from an avalanche of beams and stones. Park and Lacey's machinery store m Clarence street, a lane running, through the block, and Lawson and Sons' huge f urnituf c warehouse or t the Pitt street frontage of the block-, .were the next to, < go.; At jtHe-back of 4hp latter, fronting on Castlereagh street, a short distance be!oW :£ne? Theatre' * Royal; is the Atheritetfm Club, a fine building only erected some three years ago. This also was burnt out. Twenty-five -brigades were engaged, and large forces of the perinahent militia kept the streets clean At the height of the conflagration wjien the whole centre of the block was m flames, the sight was impressively grand. It is impossible at present to estimate the daitiagej or give the* 'number of buildings de^ stroyed, but the loss will be enormous ; the value of the buildings alone, irrespective of contents, probably amounting, to hundreds of thousands of pounds. The fire raged for four hours before it was got under control; > I«

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DESTRUCTIVE Fire in Sydney, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2533, 2 October 1890

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DESTRUCTIVE Fire in Sydney Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2533, 2 October 1890