BLAZE IN TIMARU.
FARMERS' CO - OPERATIVE STORES BURNED. INSURANCES TOTAL £34,057, " " .: . ' (By Telegraph.—Press Association.-- ■■. TLMARTJ, this day,A fire broke out in the premises of thY Canterbury Farmers' Association night. The outbreak was discovered7at7----11.20. when it had a very strong hold ">-i a great volume of flame bursting f ron J the roof above the tailoring department As the brigade arrived, it was apparent at the outset that nothing could be don» to control the fire, and their efforts weri directed chiefly to cheeking the - fiainei at the front to prevent them spreading to two large hotels on the. opposite gifo of the streetj which is only half a-caaia wide. ',"'' '~:.-'■-■
The fire reached its height a quartet of an hour .after the alarm wai.given,'-' by which time the whole north half.^fV the building resembled a . seething'for. nace, while the remainder Ws'burning-: fiercely. Large portions of the exterior walls collapsed at intervals, but*" hi damage was done by falling bricks.'";' ' The safety of the Customs Ifouse tin nearest building on the northern %*& was secured by a wide gap, :and;by 2 o'clock.the fire had practicaSyiburat fe self out, though stacks of.' goods| were still blazing this morning in spite of water having been poured on throughout the night. ' .'.'.'"7. .':.;.- Little how remains but the bare walli^ Milliners were engaged iri the buildinjr til! 9 o'clock, and the watchman .w£o locked up after they left states hthlf everything appeared to be secure, wiilj passers-by five minutes before'the alarm was given saw no fire. The insuraaiia' on the building, which- is ■ of the Association, are as : follow:^—il-' liance, £500; Imperial, £1000: Fanners' Co-operative, £100. Stock:" TAlliante, £13,800; Royal, £5550; New Zealand; £5500; Farmers' Co-operative/- £2500; Northern, £1700. 7Furniture. and.'.fixtures: New Zealand, £500. total in, surances, £34,057. The Association propose to rfee6niineh« ; business immediately, utilising7the; teajj.-. porary offices used by the staff *ints tn* [last fire in February of 1908. ''-' l ■ •
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