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A five-roomed wooden dwelling, owned and occupied by William Thomas Henry, boilermaker, 'situated in Havelock street, Mornington, was seriously damaged by fire hist evening; in fact, had the volunteer brigade not responded so promptly to the summons the house would undoubtedly have been completely gutted. The circumstances surrounding the outbreak are peculiar, and it appears to have been a fortunate chance that the file was not attended by a fatality. About 8.30 a daughter of Mrs Henry’s had occasion to go into the front bedroom where a child was sleeping. Everything looked all light then, but some 15 minutes later the child was heard to be crying, and the daughter on going into tho room found it to he full of smoke. She hastily summoned her father, who, not without considerable difficulty, forced his way into the room through the smoko and rescued the child. Elaines wore noticed springing up in one end of the room, ami in an incredibly short space of time the whole' front of the house was completely enveloped. The alarm was given without loss of time, and the Mornington Brigade were (Illicitly on tho scene. By dint _of hard work they succeeded in combating the flames and saving the rear rooms. Considering the hold the fire, got, it was undoubtedly a good save. Tho house was insured for £3OO in the Standard Office, hut, unfortunately for the occupier, he allowed his policy on the furniture to lapse last August, so that he sustains a fairly heavy loss as far as the furniture is concerned.


[Per I'sited Press Association.}

AUCKLAND. November 7.

A house containing 20 rooms. near Avondale. owned by the trustees of the A. J. (.‘adman estate, ami occupied by .Mr .1. Harrison, was destroyed by lire, together with the furniture. The. house was insured for £1.400. The furniture was also insured.

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FIRES, Issue 15644, 7 November 1914

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FIRES Issue 15644, 7 November 1914

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