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A two-storied wooden building and engine house, together with a complete fhxmill plant, was destroyed by fire at Hillingdon, Akatore, on the 13th inst. The mill was owned by Messrs Grant, Noble, Simons, and Co., and Mr Noble Btated that he had charge of the mill. He was working outside of the building when he heard a cry of " Fire!" and upon running into the factory saw that tho building was in flames upstairs. Eleven hand grenades were thrown into the flames, but they proved useless, and the building was totally destroyed. Joseph Campbell, a factory hand,employed in skutching flix.said he saw smoke coming from a belt in front of the skutcher, and it is believed that the fire originated in this way, or that ono of tbe boys employed dropped a lighted match on the fibre. There were fifty tons of raw flax stored, whioh were soon destroyed, and nearly twenty-five hands will be thrown out of employment. The building and plant were insured in the South British Office for Ll5O, and the engine (owned by Mr Grant) for LI 00 in the same office. The loss on the building and plant is stated to be over Ll5O.

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FIRE AT AKATORE., Issue 7960, 16 July 1889

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FIRE AT AKATORE. Issue 7960, 16 July 1889

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