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BLAZE AT RAVENSBOURNE. A .six-roomed unoccupied wooden dwelling was totally destroyed by fire at Ravensbourn© last night shortly after 6 o’clock. The outbreak evidently occurred in the washhouse at the back, and the flames spread with alarming rapidity until the house, which was partly two-storied, was completely enveloped, and bystanders could do little else but watch the building burn. The borough possesses a splendid water -pressure, but there was no adequate hog© to be obtained locally, and by the tun© a couple of lengths were sent down from town tho flames had completed their work swiftly and surely. Thu dwelling was owned by Mr Henry George, and was insured in the Alliance Office- tin- £550. The cause of the fire, is unknown, and it can only be surmised that n work-man who had lit some signal lamps in the rear of the building for the purpose of placing upon an obstruction near by in some way accidentnlly threw down a lighted match. It is understood that there is a movement on foot to establish a volunteer lire brigade in the district. Residents are naturally somewhat alarmed after having witnessed two big buildings being burned to the ground for tho want of hose, so to speak, and a movement in the direction indicated will doubtless meet with plenty of support. As far as can be learned, quite a dozen youths are eager to form a brigade.

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FIRE, Evening Star, Issue 15632, 24 October 1914

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FIRE Evening Star, Issue 15632, 24 October 1914