CEMENT WORKS DESTROYED. DAMAGE, £BO,OOO. The fire at the Limestone Island CementWorks, near Whannarei, caused da-mace estimated at £BO.OOO. The demolished portion covers over an acre, and includes all the important machinery. Three reciprocating engines, totalling 500 horse-power, and a turbine engine of 500 horse-power are utterly ruined. The 'ire broke out between the engine. room and the mill, when an explosion appeared to occur on the- engine room wall. The destroyed buildings were all of wooden framework covered with corrugated iron, and the whole place was immediately ablaze. There was no time to shut off the engines, and the men had to rush to effect an escape, in order to save the. offices and stores. The. number of men employed was about 130, mauv of whom a,re married and have families, so that the island community, which was solely dependent on the works, numbers probably over 2CO. No one was injured. The men working at the time numbered about 40.
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FIRE, Evening Star, Issue 15701, 15 January 1915