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INVERCARGILL, November 19. A disastrous fire occurred at Gore this morning. It broke out at two o’clock in Brewer and Trembath’s Horse Baz var. Eleven horses and all the drags, coaches, buggies, saddlery, etc., were destroyed. The flames spread to the adjoining premises, and sixteen other buildings were destroyed —viz , those of Brewer and Trembath. G. D. Shaw (draper). ‘ A. J. Gibbs (watchmaker), D. L. Foppelwell (solicitor). J. S. Neave (solicitor). George Low (saddler). John Jamie (watchmaker). D. B. Esther (chemist). G. F. Frew and Co. (ironmongers). Dalgety and Co.’s wool store. James Blaikie (surveyor). Aitken and Broad (saddlers). Charles Steans (tobacconist). E G. Gresham (dentist). The late A. Fletcher's office. W. Baltimore's private residence.

In nearly every case the entire stocks were destroyed. The estimated loss will amount to fully £15,000. The fact that a quantity of powder and other expletives were in Frew’s establishment deterred the people from risking their lives, as an explosion was expected to occur at any moment, and property which could have been saved was destroyed. The powder eventually went off, but no one was injured. But for the splendid efforts of the lochl brigade the fire would have spread to the other side of the street. [Feom Our Own Correspondent.] The moat disastrous fire which has ever occurred at Gore broke out la the Horse Baa\ar at 1.50 tl Is morning, and resulted in the total destruction of sixteen shops or houses. Tie insurances total about £B,OOO, the New Zealand and Royal Offices holding the largest risks, the other offices interested being the Victoria and Oommercial Union, The loss Is estimated at fully an equal amount. Eleven horses were burnt in the baziar. In addition to lhe;dlreet loss there will be a heavy lips to traders from the cessation of business, as there is hardly a Vacant shop in the town at present. The insurances, as far as I have bean able to ascertain them, are:— The late A. Fletcher’s, £76 on the building and £76 on the stock in the New Zealand (reinsured for £6O in the North German). A building owned by a Mr Green carried £l5O in the New Zealand (reinsured for £75 in the North German). Brewer and Trembath’s Horse Bsziar had £B2O in the New Zealand (reinsurances: £155 in the Imperial, £205 in the Phceaix, and £205 in the Sun). The Victoria had £BOO (reinsured for £125 in the National and £175 in the Australian Alliance). On the shops and offices occupied by Messrs Jamie, Aitken and Broad, Steans, and Low, the New Zealand had £2OO (reinsured for £SO in the Sun). D, B. Esther’s chemist shop and stock had £3OO in the New Zealand (reinsured for £IOO in the Imperial). ‘ Shops occupied by Messrs Frew, Steans, Shaw, and Gresham had £I,OOO in the New Zealand (reinsured for £350). Gresham’s stock carried £IOO in the same office, while Shaw’s was insured for £450 in the Victoria, with a reinsurance of £2OO in the National.

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LARGE FIRE AT GORE., Issue 10475, 19 November 1897

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LARGE FIRE AT GORE. Issue 10475, 19 November 1897

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