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MORE BUSH FIRES., Evening Post, Volume LXXV, Issue 53, 3 March 1908
MORE BUSH FIRES.
A RECRUDESCENCE. DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY. I.BT TELEGRAPH. — PRESS ASSOCIATION.] CARTERTON, 2nd March. A fierce gale swept the district last night, and caused a recrudescence of the fires on the hills. A driving wind drove the flames on the flat, and grass, firewood, haystacks, and several sheds and a house' were consumed. The whole sky over the valley was luridly red with the reflection of the tremendous blaze, and alarm was felt for the safely of several settlers. Late in the night the Carterton FireBrigade was called out, and, with the assistance of all the settlers living at Matarawa- and Dalefield, the seat of the conflagration, saved several homesteads from the flames. The heaviest losers, according to tb« ports already to hand, are: — Charles Arcus, dwelling burnt; Charles Sayers, large barn demolished, and the furniture, removed from the dwelling fo?- safety, burnt. In addition, many tons of bay and winter feed wore destroyed. The total damage has not yet been'estimated, buc it is considered that it will bo over £2000. \ Fortunately for the safety of Dnlefield, a heavy rainfall commenced at midnight, and this stayed the flames. [Bt Teibchaph — Special to This Post.], n GREYTOWN, 2nd March. A strong westerly wind fanned th« bush fires into flames yesterday in the Tararuas. The Sre spread extensively on the flat landi, and destroyed the homesteads at Dalefield of Messrs. Waterson and Arcus, also the barn and crops of Mr. Sayers. [Bt Telegeaph. — Special to The Post.] MASTERTON, 2nd March. Bush fires were prevalent " yesterday, and spread through the districts previously devastated. " Little additional damage was done. Settlers waited up to protect their homesteads until- 1.30 a.m., when rain commenced to. fall. [Bi TELEGBAra. — Special to The Post ] OTAKI, This Day..' A free at Hautree on Saturday destroyed several acres of fead and fences. Some stock "was also lost, and the settlers' anxiety was renewed. PUTARA SETTLERS LOSE HEAVILY. THRILLING EXPERIENCES. • WELCOME RAIN. [DV TELEGRAPH: — I'KESS ASSOCIATION.] EKETAHUNA, 2nd March. The fire at Putara commenced to look serious on Saturday morning. AtFcote's mill tho men have been working night and day since Thursday, clearing the ground round the mill. The hose waß constantly turned on the surroundings. Seven men made a duspera to- fight, and on Saturday evening a relief party of settlers ■ found jthorn exhausted, some 'ljing on the ground blinded with tho smoke. . The fires., driven toy a strong northwesterly wind, vaged fiercely throughout the district on Saturday and Sunday, and a large amount of damage was dono. Popplewell's sawmill at Rakariki4iarrowly escaped destruction, threo cottages adjoining being destroyed. The sawdust and slab heap 3 arc still burning, and should the wind spring up the mill might yet go. The fires were particularly hct m Atea district. Gardiner's sawmill in this locality was complttely destroyed, together with the adjoining cottages. A good deal of the gear was savnd, but som.e timber valued at £70 was burnt. The ownei anticipate"! ■ closing up the mill this week, as the district cut out. Mrs. Logrove, in charge of tha cook house, lost all her belongings. The settlers have' experienced an awful time in fighting tho fires, and many are partially blind. Mr. Chew, who went through & trying time a few wcoks back, was compelled to remove the furniture from his house. Sevoral outhcvusss wore demolished. MEN SUFFER INTENSE AGONY. At Putara the settlers went througn a thrilling time, and many lost heavily. The employees at Footes worked strenuously for fivo hours to pavo tho mill in intense heat. At midnight on Saturday the cottages ca.ught Sre and were all destroyed. Settlers who came at the call of the mill whistle found tbt- men lying about, .unable to see and suffering intense agony. After a. hard battlo the mill was eventually saved. Several miles oi trs.Tr; line were destroyed as well as tho foundation of the log-hauler. j On Sunday the fire spread towards I Alberthsen's mill, and this was soon a heap of debris, nothing whatever being saved. So fierce was the fire in the vicinity that three young men who were in charge had. the greatest difficulty in escaping with their lives. HEAVY LOSSES. The whole of Putara district is like a new burn. The settlers, besides undergoing trying | experiences, have losfc heavily, hundreds of sheep and young cattle lying about, deatl or dying, Nothing could live in the inferno, even rabbits being roasted. Help from outside was impossible as the fire swept across* the thoroughfare for' miles. A lad sent to Eketahuna on Saturday evening for bandages and lotion could not get back till midday on Sunday. The settlers left their homes .and took refuge along the bank of the Mangatainoka river. Rain set in at 3 a.m. on Monday, and relieved the situation. Copious rain fell intermittently throughout the forenoon, and tho danger from fire is now practically al] over. The men Vept drenching themselves with/ water in order to be able to keep at work. At midnight the men's huts and stables caught fire, and with the contents were burned. Two miles of tram lines were al?o destroyed. Alberthsen'a mill was situated in the valley, and when the fire swept vp, it was recognised that there was no chance of saving the plaos, and the men left. One man was overcome by smoke and had to be assisted. The mill and sheds were completely destroyed. Gardiner's mill had been kept working night and day cutting the logs Tin the skids,- and waggons were removing the timber. When the logs were cut they commenced to dismantle the mill, and most of the machinery was got away before the building caught. It then blazed suddenly, and Gardiner, had a narrow escape, having to travel throngh the flames for 'about a chainHe lost only £70 worth of cut timber. Several settlers' sheds at Putara were burnt, and it is thought that, a large number of stock has been destroyed,, ar» carcases of cattle and sheep can bo seen lying about thickly. PopplewelPs' mill at Kakarifci wm only saved by strenuous exertions-, Tho sawdust and slab-heaps close to the mill are still smouldering. Three employeco' houses were destroyed. The fires are now checked by a fall of $$&,
MORE BUSH FIRES., Evening Post, Volume LXXV, Issue 53, 3 March 1908
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