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FIRES IN NORTH CANTERBURY.

EXTENSIVE DAMAGE

Christchurch, Feb 18

Grass fit-es along tbe railway on tbe Oxford-RaDgiora branch line are caus* ing anxiety to owners of adjoining property. At Springbank this morning, a gorse fence on Mr George Rutherford's property ablaze. Further on at Oust fru r fires occurred. Tbe workshop of Mr G. Forbes, builder, with a quantity of timber, bad a narrow escape from destruction, and a three roomed cottage of Mr James Moderate, about tbreequarters of a mile beyond tbe railway station, was destroyed, Mr Moderate was sitting in front of- his house reading tbe paper when the train passed, and shortly after he noticed smoke rising from a corner of tbo garden. He went to the creek for water to put it out, and when be came back found bis bouse ablaza. It burned so rapidly that he was only able to save a gun and a couple of rugs Tbe neighbours were compelled to devote themselves to saving their own places. Tbe damage is estimated at £200. There were no insurances.

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FIRES IN NORTH CANTERBURY., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3479, 19 February 1915

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FIRES IN NORTH CANTERBURY. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3479, 19 February 1915

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