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GREAT FIRE AT CONSTANTINOPLE.

Constantinople, June 6 —About one o'clock yesterday afternoon a fire broke out which spread with alarming rapidity through the richest quarters of the city, The flames were first discovered in an old building on the north Bide of the Golden Horn. A strong wind was blowing at the time, and the firequickly communicated to the adjoining buildings. The efforts of the firemen and citizens to stop its progress were of no avail, and in a few Hours the residences of the English, American, and Portugese Ambassadors, Consulates, the Naomi Theatre, many churches, and thousands of houses, and tbe richest stores and shops in the city, were reduced to ashes. The loss of life by the falling walls is fearful. It is estimated that at least 30 people were killed or injured by this cause alone. The loss of property is incalculable. The fire at this hour is still burning furiously, and the excitement of the people beggars description. Constantinople, June 9 — The great fire in the Pera district is subdued. Over seven thousand buildings of all sorts were destroyed, many of the best in the city. The loss of life has greatly exceeded the estimate. Some days ago the remains of one hundred and fifty human beings were found ; it is supposed that this number represents one-half the actual loss. Ine total pecuniary loss is computed at twenty-five million pounds sterling, -the English Underwriters suffer heavy iosses. The Archives of the British ■umbassy were saved. The American Church of the Immaculate Conception was on fire times, and considerably damaged, but the Gobelin tapestry, the gift of the Empress Eugenic, with which the church was decorated, was saved uninjured.

Constantinople, June 9—The loss of life by the conflagration is frightful; some families were hemmed in by the' flames and perished in full view of the spectators. The panic among the people was terrible; many lost all presence of mind and were unable to save themselves j others, in despair, made no effort to fly; some Turks shut themselves in burning houses, refused assistance, and met their fate without a murmur. Two hundred and fifty persons were burned to death or killed by falling walls; many more are missing.

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GREAT FIRE AT CONSTANTINOPLE., Press, Volume XVII, Issue 2258, 19 July 1870

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GREAT FIRE AT CONSTANTINOPLE. Press, Volume XVII, Issue 2258, 19 July 1870

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