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SYDNEY, February 7. A fire, which is still raging, has almost wholly destroyed the Stale joinery works, and. great stacks of timber, covering three acres in Rozelle. The damage is roughly estimated at between £50,000 and £70,000. The weather is very hot, and a stiff breeze is blowing. The fire burned with tremendous rapidity. Houses on the other side of the street are endangered, and their furniture is being hurriedly removed. The works and stock are fully, insured. . ■ . . ■ •

Two hundred and fifty men will be temporarily rendered idle through the fire.

SYDNEY, February 8. . The origin of the 'fire is a mystery. The watchman made his'rounds shortly .before the outbreak and everything was apparently right. The possibility 6f spontaneous combustion is being discussed. -

: Though the fire brigades arrived quickly the water supply for a time was poor. Within half an. hour the whole of the yards were ablaze, and the heat was so intense that the. firemen were unable to fight at close quarters. They confined their efforts to preventing the fire from-spreading to the adjoining , premises. • ' Inmates of houses across the street made a hurried exit lightly clad. The houses were scorched. Ten horses were "saved just before the flames caught the stables. The heat kept the great crowds assembled at a safe distance. Only a small :shed and\a few stacks' of timber were saved. The buildings and timber were insured for £41,155. Arrangements have been made to cany on the business at branch works. Many firms have offered assistance and some of the offers have been accepted. The Director of Public Works is making arrangements so that the progress of public works will be affected as little as possible.

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BIG BLAZE IN SYDNEY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8789, 9 February 1914

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BIG BLAZE IN SYDNEY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8789, 9 February 1914

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