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(Per Press Association.—Copyright.] MELBOURNE, November 22. Yesterday’s fire will result in 1,000 regular hands being thrown out of employment, besides another thousand employed in factories and other lines affected by the stoppage. Lightning is put forward as the probable cause of the fire The telephone exchange reports that prior to the alarm being given the telephone lines received severe shocks from lightning, which threw down all the. indicators. A number of the burned buildings are in a dangerous condition. Gangs of men are engaged demolishing them. It will be some days before the actual amount of insurance is ascertained. It is distributed over a great number of offices, both local and British, the English being the greatest sufferers. ° A statement has been made by the matron of the Melbourne Hospital, and confirmed by two other nurses. She states that she saw a dense volume of smoke an hour and a-half before the brigades turned out. The flames appeared half an hour later. She did not give the alarm, because she thought it must be noticed from the watch tower and streets MELBOURNE, November 23. The sum to be paid by the insurance companies will not fall short of £700,000. The offices in the different colonies affected are as follows: Victoria, £77,000; New South Wales, £12,000; Queensland, £3,300; South Australia, £16,000; New Zealand, £56,000; Tasmania, £19,000. The British and foreign companies the balance.

An Auckland telegram says:—“lb is stated on good authority that the loss sustained by the South British Insurance Company through the Melbourne fire will not exceed £IO,OOO. The New Zealand Office had an insurance on the block in Melbourne to the extent of about £20,000. Their net loss is put down at about £15,000.” Messrs J. H. Kirk- and Co. have received a wire from the North Queensland Insurance Company stating that their company have the good luck not to be interested in the Melbourne fire.

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MELBOURNE’S FIRE., Issue 10478, 23 November 1897

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MELBOURNE’S FIRE. Issue 10478, 23 November 1897

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