/ r NEWTON SHOP ON FIRE, tl INMATES EiSCAPE THROUGH WlN- ■;. •;; ;' ; . :;..\ : >DOW.";'.'. } : !'; - A fire broke out last night in the shop premises in Karangahape-road occupied jointly by Mr. : ,Webb - (house furnisher) and Air. Hare (jjerbalist), The fire started under the Htaircase near the gasmeter in part of the lower storey tenanted by Mr. Hare,, and at half-past ten Mr. and Mrs. Webb, who slept upstairs with their three- children, were wakened by flames and smoke, breaking through.the floor. . They escaped out of the window in whatever garments they could catch -up,, and- -gave . the .. alarm. The, flames were extinguished, by. the "fire brigade, but not. before the upper storey had been practically gutted. The stock downstairs in Mr. Webb's shop was also damaged by the cinders and water. The building, which belongs to Mr. Campbell, is insured for £400, About £25 pounds'., worth of damage was done to the furniture. were insured, but there—was ~no' insurance in respect to the upper part of the premises, so that Mr. Webb has suffered a considerable loss. HOUSE BURNED AT KAWAU. According to the report of a party of fishermen who arrived at Auckland last night, the new boarding house at Kawau Island was totally destroyed .'byr fire yesterday afternoon. The fishermen were passing in their boat when the flames were noticed, and they went into the bay to make further inquiries. The house, which had been a long two-storied building facing the bay, was reduced to ashes. The Mansion House, the residence of the late Sir George Grey, was not endangered by the fire. A THAMES FIRE. (By Own Correspondent.) -THAMES, this day. A fire ■ occurred in ■ Gochrane-street, Thames, last evening, the outbreak taking place in the wooden premises, of Mr. Henderson, wheelwright. The flames had taken a strong hold when the fire was" discovered, but the local brigade succeeded in preventing •it spreading to the adjoining and were able to .extinguish it. The interior of the build? ing was. completely gutted.. NEWSPAPER OFFICE DAMAGED. (By Telegraph.—Press Association.) NEW PLYMOUTH, this day. The jobbing and printing departments of the Taranaki Herald were destroyed by fire at one o'clock this morning. The literary and linotype departments escaped, being in a brick building with steel shutters over the windows and doors. It is impossible to estimate the damage at present. The building is insured for £650, but the total, loss of machinery and plant will amount to £1750, both in the Kew Zealand Company. It is believed the damaged machinery is irreparable. The origin, of the fire is a mystery. The premises were left, apparently safe, at 11.20 p.m. by the publishers of the weekly paper. A slight* outbreak of fire occurred early on Wednesday morning in the same ■building, when an automatic fire alarm brought the brigade' in attendance before the flames had any hold. Last night the alarm system had not been reinstated owing to difficulty in obtaining thermostats. The paper publishes as usual.
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