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INVERCARGILL, September 27. Shortly after 8 p.m, a fire broke out in the wholesale stores of Messrs Thomson. Bndger, and Co., in Spey street, and owing to the inflammable nature of their contents it speedily cleared about half an acre of buildings. Practically nothing was saved, all the buildings being of wood. The .fire originated in the south-west corner, which was the old Garrison Hall, and had advanced so far before the brigade got to work that the front of the hall immediately fell out. A strong southwest wind was blowing, and carried the fire through the buildings with prodigious rapidity, a large stock of kerosene being early set ablaze. The Garrison Hall was in great danger for seme time, it having a row of windows high up in a brick wall facing the fire, hut the Railway Brigade got between the two places and pushed the burning wall over. The fire was a very ugly one, being to the windward of the town, with a number of old wooden buildjugs between it and Dee street. A large iron shed containing timber, immediately at the rear of the Garrison Hall, took fire in the roof, but is being watched. The firm have a watchman, who dis covered the fire and immediately removed the explosives. The buildings, including the timber shed still standing, belong to W. Guthrie and Co., in liquidation, and were insured as at the 15th February for £2,300 —in the North German Office for £SOO, in the Royal for £BOO, in the Sun for £SOO, and m the Phoenix for £SOO. Messrs Thomson, Bnnger, and Co.'s stock was insured as at the 26th July for £5,750 —in the Commercial Union for £2,000, Imperial for £1 000 North German for £I,OOO, Norwich Union for £SOO, Royal Exchange for £6OO, Palatine for £4OO, and South British for £250. As the firm were selling off Messrs Guthrie and Co. s stock and otherwise disposing of it the insurances were being reduced, it being said that £2,000 was knocked off the above figures recently.

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FIRE IN INVERCARGILL., Evening Star, Issue 10431, 28 September 1897

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FIRE IN INVERCARGILL. Evening Star, Issue 10431, 28 September 1897