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[A fire broke out in the Otautau ■Hotel at three o’clock on Saturday morning - , and. the building was speedily 'destroyed- Being- County. Council meeting and sale day the hotel had its full complement of occupants, most of whom had but scant time to escape. In one case, unfortunateIv, that of a lodger from Invercargill, Mr W. M. Carnahan, produce dealer, Spey street, the effort to escape proved futile, and the poor fellow’s charred remains were found next morning. A servant girl, who occupied the next bedroom, heard •him screaming-, the sounds gradually growing fainter until he was Overcome. At the inquest it appeared that a chest of drawers stood in front of the window in the bedroom occupied by Mr Carnahan, and the ijury, after returning a verdict of death from burning, added a rider to the effect that hotelkeepers and accommodation house keepers should be warned against allowing any obstructions to be placed against windows or. other means of exit. Mr Carnahan, who leaves a widow and two children, was very popular in the district. Ho was engaged as a groom on the Edendale Estate for some years, and was afterwards in the service of Dr. Young in the same capacity. In addition to the hotel, which was occupied by Mrs Coakley, formei’ly of the Park View Hotel, Invercargill, the branch office of the National ■Bank and Mr Woods’ tailor's shop iwere also destroved.

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FATAL FIRE AT OTAUTAU., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 11, 29 June 1907

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FATAL FIRE AT OTAUTAU. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 11, 29 June 1907

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