Mr P, Collins’s North-western- Hotel at Palmerston was destroyed by fifo bn Saturday night. The building'was insured for £350 and the furniture for £250, both in tho Commercial Union Office. The insurances on the buildings destroyed at Waihi (Auckland) are - estimated at’ £3,000. Knocks’s Hot Springs Hotel, .Te Aroha, was burned down on Saturday.' Messrs Handcock and Co., owners of the-hotel, were insured for £1,600 in-the Imperial Office, and the furniture for £250 in the United Office. Mr Knocks, the licensee, has. lost everything.. Some particulars as. to losses by the Gore fire are given by the ‘ Mataura Eds gn.’ Messrs Brewer, Trembatb, and Co.’s stock was valnedat nearly £5,000, consequently the loss above insurance is very heavy. This firm had nothing on the working plant of the stable, to value which at £I,OOO is a low computation. Nine horses were burned in the stable. Messrs Trew and Co. bad just removed another stock purchased into their premises, and their insurances are lees than half the value of the goods destroyed, the same fact applying in Mr C. Steans’s case. Mr Gibbs had £4OO worth of jewellery and watches in his safe all uninsured, and these articles are mostly represented by a fused mass of gold and silver, comparatively -little beiog of any value. Besides. this, Mr Gibbs loses £3OO worth of other goods, £l5O worth of tools and materials, and his fancy articles are estimated to have been worth at least £l5O over insurance. Mr Esther’s loss is estimated at fully £7OO above insurances. Mr Shaw’s insurances represented about half the value of the goods destroyed. Messrs M'Gruer and Co. had portion of their drapery stock slightly damaged by water and removal. Mr J. Jamie sets his loss down at £2OO above insurances. Mrs O’Kane’s.-Ibss is confined to broken windows and damaged paint work. Messrs Aitken and Broad’s loss is estimated at £BOO over insurances.
GISBORNE, November 22. Bub for the smartness of the local fire brigade there would hive been a serious fire last night; A six-roomed -cottage occupied by Mr Mackfill, a carpenter, situate to the windward of a large block of small shops in the main street, was discovered to be on-firo shortly before midnight, and, as a strong westerly wind was blowing, the town for some time was in danger. The brigade, however, worked excellently, and confined the fire to tho premises in which it started and to the adjoining three-roomed cottage. Mackrill’s insurance was £250 in the United and £SO in the Palatine. ‘
Two hours later a seven-roomed house in another part of the town, owned by Mr Orr, was destroyed. It was insured for £250 in the National.
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FIRES., Evening Star, Issue 10477, 22 November 1897