Article image
Article image
Article image
Article image

'■ 1 FRIGHTFUL EXPERIENCE IN A BUSH FIRE.

{JHKISTCHUrtCH, January 15. > While the fire on iKe Cashmere 'OHills • was at its .height ta-d3y a terrible expe'rir. ence' befel Mr William Moon, the carel .taker. oti.iV'iot'Oria j^ferk. He was one 1 of i the most* ene?geti6> of. ! the workers 'who : were fighting the -flames,' and apparently ) one of the most venturesome. - He seems ; to have, . detached ' himself from the main , •> body -of the workers and advanced alone, s into a gully to 'extinguish the fire among- , some large " tussocks. While* he was thus_ i engaged -,the fire crept past 'him on either" side, and before he , wafe -aware of it he was ; surrounded by a seething' and quickly- . advancing mass of flame. He made a ' -"dash for safety, -but before be had . gone i more than 1 a' few -yards his 'clothes -were i ,on fire and" he was 'practically unable .to , move".' He was then .seen, by a 'young i man named ' Bright, , gesticulating- .'" and - calling desperately to a crowd of" workers . who were engaged on the east side of the : fire. The roar of the flames and tho strong wind blowing against ' him must have prevented his cries being heard. ■ As soon as Bright was aware of Moon's terrible predicament he called to a young map, and together they dashed to hie assistance. Moon, when they reached him, was in a shocking condition, but quite conscious. . All his clothing, with the exception of his boots and an undershirt,- had been , burned ] off , '.and he was frightfully injured. Bright and his assistant carried him 'to the school buildings, where first aid -was rendered by a .constable and residents of the locality. An express was secured and Moon was sent to the hospital, but/ he is not expected to live.

This article text was automatically generated and may include errors. View the full page to see article in its original form.
Permanent link to this item

https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/OW19080122.2.82

Bibliographic details

Otago Witness, Otago Witness, Issue 2810, 22 January 1908

Word Count
298

'■1 FRIGHTFUL EXPERIENCEIN A BUSH FIRE. Otago Witness, Issue 2810, 22 January 1908

Working