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A five-roomed house, owned by Mr Garstang and occupied by Mr Hugh Cameron, situated at Broughton street, Kaikorai, was burnt down yesterday morning. The furniture was insured in the Standard Office for LSO. Mr Cameron estimates his loss at about LSO over this amount.

A five-roomed house in St. Andrew street, owned by Mr Curie and occupied by Mr Asquith, was discovered to be on fire shortly before six o'clock last evening. A wooden kerosene case filled with ashes had been placed outside the house, against the wall of a back room. The case became ignited, and the flames communicated to the wall of the house, portion of which and portion of the ceiling were burnt. The damage will be covered by a few pounds. Last evening, about a quarter to eleven, two young ladies Misses Murißon and MacLaughlin—noticed smoke issuing from the front windows of a six-roomed brick house in Union street. They immediately gave the alarm by means of the indicator, but the direction in which the fire was situated was misunderstood, owing to the similarity in the respective signals for North and South Wards. The brigade from the central station accordingly proceeded to Princes street south, but of course were unsuccessful in their endeavors to discover tho locality of the fire. The northern brigade, however, proceeded direct to the house, and Boon extinguished the flames, damage to the extent of L2O being done. The house was owned by a gentleman for whom Mr Hercus (North-east Valley) was agent. The fire is supposed to have been caused through a defective fireplace, Mr Simon (of Simon Brothers) stating that when he removed from the premises yesterday the fire then burning in the grate was to all appearances put out.

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FIRES., Issue 7967, 24 July 1889

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FIRES. Issue 7967, 24 July 1889

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