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Shortly arter half past 6 o'clock this morning, a fire wa3 discovered ia Havelock Street, ia the premises occupied as a b.-ardiug Iv>hsj by Mrs R. Bojweli, and owned by Mr E. Thomas. TiiO premises wero formerly in the occupation of .Mrs Good. Although tha brigade arrived shortly after the alarm was given, tha fire by that time had a good hold. Within half an hour the fire was got under, but the premises wee .completely gutted. The boarding house contained 20 rooms—G upstairs, aad 14 downstairs. The upstair-3 rooms wore completely destioyei by fire and waver, while the downstairs portion of the building wa3 soriously damaged by water. Most of Mrs Boswell's furniture, whhh was kept ia the downstairs rooms, and which was not insured, waa destroyed. The boarders on the premises at the time lo3t all their (jffecta except what they escaped in. Thtjre area number of Sunday boarders who I work in tho country during the week, I and ooine into town on Sunday, leaving their property in the house ia the meantime. These lost all they had. The servant girls also lost, all their belongings, and had all they could manage to do to escape in their nightdresses. That portion of the furniture which did not belong to Mrs Boswell was insured in the Norwich Union Office for £75, while the building was insured in the same office for £350.

Shortly after 6 o'olock a boy, whose duty it was to waken the servants, went upstairs and, thinking he had aroused the two girls, placed a lighted candle on a box beside the bed and then went downstairs again. The girls do nob remember beingr wakened until they woke to find the bed clothes in flames. They attempted to smother the fire with blankets, but without success, and juat had time to escape without waiting to drees. When the alarm was given, a good crowd soon assembled, and willing hands lent the Brigade assistance in removing the furniture, of which only a small amount was saved.

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FIRE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6610, 1 July 1905

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FIRE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6610, 1 July 1905

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