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CHRISTCHURCH. Apjil 28. Between 3 and 4 o'clock yesterday morninc.a fire occurred at Duvauchelle, the Akaroa County Council Chambers, the post office, and a private residence near-by, occupied by Mr R. Johnston^ beinc destroyed. People were sleeping in all three buildings, the county clerk, Mr E. Black, occupying a bedroom in the upper storey of the Conncil Chambers, w.hile the postmistress, Mrs Sunderland. had her residence at the post office, and Mr â– Johnston and others were domiciled in Mr Johnston's residence. Mr Black was the first to awake. He was "roused by the smoke and heat, and at once went 'downstairs and aroused the postmistress, the post office being also ablaze. Mr Johnston was then aroused, and was able, with assistance, to salvage some of his furniture.

Mr Black, who is a, returned soldier and a semi-invalid, collapsed after arousine the others, and remained unconscious till late in the afternoon.

The safe in the Council Chambers withstood the fire, but many valuable books and maps were destroyed.

Hi is stated that Mr Black had completed, his engagement with the County Council on Saturday, and that Mrs Black had already come over to Christchurch, while Mr Black intended to hand over the office to Mr O'Callaghan. who was clerk up till the time he went into camp some time ago. and who' wasi resumimr dntv to-day. Mr Black is a returned, soldier, who was wounded in the leg. during tho war.

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OUTBREAK AT DAVAUCHELLE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9596, 28 April 1919

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OUTBREAK AT DAVAUCHELLE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9596, 28 April 1919

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