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AUCKLAND, September 17. One of the moat destructive fires which Auckland has experienced for some time broke out at twenty minutes past eleven o'clock last night-in the packing room of the extensive warehouses of Tonkin Garlick's Furniture Company, Limited, and which was not put out until early this morning, after damage had been, occasioned to the extent of several thousand pounds to the buildings and stock. Constable Waterman was on duty on the Queen street beat, when he saw volumes of smoke coming out of the windows and doors of the packing department of the warehouse, and almost instantaneously, owing to the inflammable nature of the material inside, the flames shot through the roofing. Ic was seen from the outset that the fire would be a destructive one, owing to the huge stock of furniture and household furnishings of every description which crowded the various floors and galleries and extenaive cellarage. The firemen had to fight from four points, but between one and two o'clock this morning they had practically saved the ground floor divisions of the warehouse on the Queen street frontage from actual destruction by fire. In the southern end (the furnishing department) the stock was injured by smoke and water, and the same may be said of the furniture and suites department. The stock in the top storey of the former department is partially, if not wholly, destroyed by fire, while the top storey of the latter department is untouched. With the exception of the two-storey brick building containing chairs, the other departments were practically giuted and the stock therein destroyed. The furniture factory of the company, situate on the opposite side of Lome street, escaped unscathed. Nothing is known aa to the origin of the fire; The premises were locked up at ten minutes past six o'clock by the storeman (John Kearney). There had been no light or fire used during the day in the division of the warehouses where the fire appeared to have arisen. Mr Garlick estimates the damage approximately ab over £IO,OOO on the stock and buildings. The following are the insurances on the Queen street buildings and stock .-—Buildings : South British, old buildings (Dickey's), £1,500; Commercial Union, £I,OOO on the old buildings and £BOO on the new building • Royal, £I,OOO on the old buildings; New Zealand Insurance, £3,000 on the new building ; total, £7,300. Stock: Standard, £I,OOO ; National, £I,OOO ; New Zealand, £1,000; Royal, £2,000; Palatine, £1,000: xNorth British, £1,000: Commercial Union,£1,000; Phcenix, £1,000; Manchester, £1,000;- Royal Exchange, £1,000; total, £II,OOO. Total insurance on buildings and stock, £18,300. 6

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GREAT FIRE AT AUCKLAND., Issue 10422, 17 September 1897

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GREAT FIRE AT AUCKLAND. Issue 10422, 17 September 1897

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