MANY SHOPS DESTROYED
NEW PLYMOUTH, May 6. i A big fire is raging in Stratford, and already the premises of the following have been destroyed:—Sheehan, tobacconist; Sladden and Palmer, civU engineers: Ford, bootmaker; .Finnerty, estate agent; .Richardson, grocer; W. G. Fargie, estate agent; Tyrer a solicitor; McCluggage . and Co., estateagents; Cook, tailor; J. I). Healy, architect; On ' Kee, grower; Harris, fishmonger; Barker, ' refreshment rooms; at. 1.30 a.m. the Stratford Farmers' Co-op. Stores and the premises of Foster, bootmaker, were being attacked by fire. The buildings are on the railway /reserve, near the railway line. Later. The Stratford fire broke out shortly j after midnight on the east side of broadway, sprea/ding quickly and destroying a large portion of the block before it was "arrested. The buiklings are on railway leasehold, and all are of wood. ■' ■;>;/.*:'. The fire originated in Sheehan's tobacconist shop. The next building, occupied by Finnerty, estate, ageiit, was destroyed, and aJeo a block pr buildings' known as the. York, Chambers, all of whicli were practically destroyed. The Central Co-op, grocery, stores were damaged severely, and also Fester's boot shop at the other end. . A fortunate change of wind and. the splendid work of the Fire Brigade'undoubtedly saved the lire from taking the whole street, to "Newton King's Corner, and possibly beyond, the hre--being arrested at the Central Co-oper- v ative store •on one side, aoid Foster's on the other. The whole of the buildings were on the ran»vay . ifeastsy; and naturally were not so "sohdly bunt as those oil ireeholti.
So far the -origin, of' the fire is a mystery. Tiie ieasee ox tiie &taop wherethe fire nrst broke out.is ; X- J..Bne«-. nan, a returned sokiier, '' who is at pi'^fient at iCotoi'iia,. his brotaer managing the business ■ ror him. At a lew minutes to 12 J)r. Steven; passed tUie buildings, when everything ! appeared to be rigut, but just after 1 midnight flames burst forth in / great volume.
Sheehan's building was owned by IDsT. L. Paget, now of Palmerston 'Morth,' Finnerty's by Air Wake, solicitor, Auckland; and the York Chambers block by EbeueKer Burgess, now a resident of Hamilton.
The insurances so far available amount to £275u.
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STRATFORD FIRE, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9602, 6 May 1919
STRATFORD FIRE Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9602, 6 May 1919
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