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CHILD’S NARROW ESCAPE. AT MOR N'T NT; TON. A five-roomed wooden dwelling, owned and occupied by William Thomas Henry, boilermaker. situated in Havelock street, Alorningi on, was seriously damaged by fire last evening; in fact, had the volunteer brigade- not responded so promptly to the summons the house would undoubtedly have hern completely gutted. The circumstances surrounding the outbreak are peculiar, and it appears to have Ik'cii a fortunate chance that the tiro was not attended hy a fatality. About 8.30 a daughter of Airs Henry's had occasion to go into the front bedroom where a child was sleeping. Everything looked all right then, hut .some ]o minutes later the child was heard to be crying, and the daughter on going into the room found it to he full of smoke. She hastily summoned her lather, who. not without considerable dinieulty, forced his way into the room through the smoke and rescued the child. Flames were noticed springing up in one end of the room, and in an incredibly short space of time the whole front of the house was completely enveloped. The .alarm was given without he-, of time, .and the .Mornington Urigade were quickly on the scene. Ily dint of hard work they sure.- ( >ded in combating the flames and saving the rear rooms. Considering the hold the lire got, it was undoubtedly a good save.

The house was insured lor £3OO in the Standard Ofliee. 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.

I WKXTYROOMLU HOLsL dlstroylh. [l’m United Press Association.] AITKLAXD. Xovemher 7. A house containing 20 room.*. near Avondale. owned 1 1 y ilio trustees of the A. .1. ('adman estate. rind ocupied riy Mr .1. 5.1 arriscm. was destroyed by live. together willi the furniture. ‘l'lm home was insured for £1.40j, The fin iiitmc 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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