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Christchurch, Marc!. 28At about 9 30 this morning (lie fire brigade received an urgent i) c call from the Sunnyside Mental Hi spital, and in a very .few moments the big Dennis turbine with full err v left the station at full speed to tbe scene of the conflag ation-

It is said that the distance was. cover-

Ed in seven minutes, so tbat tbe c was no loafiog bn tbe part of the h'gade, but when opposite the West Christ church Public School two of tbe big reels of bose fell off the fire engine, but were luckily spotted by a tcxi cab driver, who picked tbera up and brought them tc the hospital. The staff of tbe hospital, who are well trained to cope with an emergency of this sort assisted the firemen m getting eeveralleads from the high pressure system, installed for the grounds and building, on to the fire, and the engine was backed up against the creek that runs alongside the south Bide of the hospital ground., and started pumping a heavy .stream or water As is often the case in affairs of this sort no one seemed to bave a very clear idea of the origin of tbe fire. It started on the uppermost storey of tbe female ward in a part of tbe building tbat runs prac-

tically east and west, and its origin is put down to a defective" flue or

chimney. No smell of burning soot, gave the alarm fill tbe fira bad ft really good hold, and was too far advanced for the hoppital stuff to cope with- Where it started the female patients had their sleeping quarters, but at this time m the morning practically all of them were out of the ward. A solid concrete wall cuts off tbe block from the ad joining part of tbe building, , and luckily enough at its western end a semitor wall cut tbe burning portion off from the big ward that forms tbe western-most part of the main or old building- These retaining walls probably proved the salvation of the female side of the hospital, an the fire brigade made every effort t confine tbe flames to tbe upper storey of the ward, where the fire broke outFor a time all their efforts proved apparently unavailing, and great Eec tions of roof were successively seen to bulge outwards, crack, and belch forth masses of dense white smoke, while a continued clatter and crash of broken slates formed an accompaniment, and a very dangerous one at tbat» The beavy streams of water began to make their effect felt after about forty minutes or so of bard work on the part of the brigade and hospital attendants, and it was seen that the eastern end of the building would be saved for a certainty. The western end was in jeopardy for a considerable time after, but the concrete dividing wall and the concentrated efforts of tbo firemen made it sure about 1115 tbat the fire would get no further.

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FIRE AT SUNNYSIDE., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4382, 27 March 1914

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FIRE AT SUNNYSIDE. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4382, 27 March 1914

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