FIRES IN THE BUSH DISTRICT.
(BY TELEGRAPH.) Danevirke, Saturday. The Hawke's Bay limber Company's siwmill at Tahoraite, with the mill manager's bouse, stock manager's house, and employe's' dwellings were destroyed by fire this morning. It was caused by the spreading of a bush fire. The insurances are— Ou mill and plant £500, stock and manager's furniture £100, both in ihe Norwich Union. There were other insurances, but tbe particulars are not known. The mill and plant were firstclass, and the company are heavy losers. The high winds spread the busb fire at Norsewood, and n number of houses were destroyed. Bash fire* sprung up In Makotnku and Ormondville, und M'Leod's Makotuku sawmill was burned down. It was nninsured, and Mr M'Leod estimates his loss at £1000.
Our Waipawa corre?poodent, writing on Saturday, saye :— The atmosphere was very dense with smoke this morning very early and it has ointinnod ever since. News came in this afternoon that a great fire was raging at Ashley-Clinton and Makaretu, whereby Ireland's and Anderson's bridges were burnt ; two others near the Makaretu school have been partially burnt, together with the shelter shed at the sohool, and Hemingson's bridge is injured. The road is consequently impassable. Among tho places ooneumed were the Wesleyan Chutch, Bergensen's, Johansen and Liraeu's woolsheds, and Messrs Eranse's, J. C. Pedersen's, and Praln'a dwellings, Andersen's shed, with content?, including his season's grass seed and trap, the Asbley-CHnton echool, Mr J. Ireland's residence, shed and contents, Bagnall's, Howo'b, Joseph Ireland's, Howard's, and Kaapereen'a dwellings. Nothing was saved by these persons except their lives. A sswmill, Mr John Ireland's woolshed, and Mr A. H. Price's outbuildings were also burnt, and it is supposed many she^p will have been consumed. Ab Blackburn the fire spread into Mr Blbby's property and ran over about 750 acres. The fires are still raging, and a high westerly wind blowing. There are no signs of rain.
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