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DESTRUCTIVE Fire in Sydney


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Sydney, October 2. The Are has been the sensation of to-day. , The official estimate of the insurance on the seven principal buildings destroyed m this morning's fire is that it amounted to £396.000. Details, however, are not yet ready. It is impossible as yet to obtain detailed insurances, but so far as can be gathered they represent a total of £800,000. The loss is estimated at over a million pounds. Lawson and Sons estimate their loss at £140,000 over their insurance, Gibbs, Shallord and Go. theirs at £17,000. The Athenaeum was erected three years ago at a cost of £.50,000. So far as is known the strong rooms m. the City Bank building resisted the fire. Nothing is known as to the origiii of the fire. The disastrous nature of the conflagration is no doubt largely the result of the hemmed m position of the buildings. Ten firemen, were injured by falling walls and taken to the hospital. Two of the cases are of a serious character. One of the firemen got shut m the basement of a warehouse by a barricade of fire. His comrades rescued him by cutting through an, iron-bound door, but not before he had been pretty severely burnt and scalded. Twd hundred telephone wires were broken by falling walls. It is understood that the Commercial Union Insurance Company tops the list of risks with £48,000, then the Royal

with £+0,0; jO, New Manet Company i>3o,oiJl>, London, Liverpool, and Globe t^jLftOOO, and Norwich Union J&9000.

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DESTRUCTIVE Fire in Sydney, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2534, 3 October 1890

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DESTRUCTIVE Fire in Sydney Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2534, 3 October 1890

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