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(By Telegraph. ) Wellington, Feb. 21. Another heavy bush fire broke out at Mariinborou^h on Mitchell's run near Henderson's eawmill. A bridge was burned down on the Martinborough and Greytown road. The Greytown firo brigade was called out to the fires. At Moron, Kempton's, Garrity's, and Fabian's homesteads are m danger, and hundreds of men are working to Btop the progress of the fire. It has heen blowing a gale all day and raining lightly. A settler named "Matson has had his shed and haystack burned. At Masterton, an unoccupied sevenroomed house m Church street, owned by Mr A. T. Smith, was burned down this morning. It was insured m the New Zealand office for £200. Serious bush and gross fires are reported from all paris of the district, heavy winds causing the fires to be very destructive. At Manriceville the house of a fOttler named Ne.ilson was destroyed, also several shodp, and a larjje quantity of f -TiciiiLl m the settlement. Several homesteads aro m danger through the fires. Great eiertions are being made to save the houses. Palmerston North was m a yreat sate of excitement yesterday m consequence of the extreme danger of the whole town being drs;roy<d by tire. Fires were breaking out m all directions, and at all hours of the day, and the fire bells were continually ringing out alarms owing to grass and Btumps catching alight m the vicinity of houses, and spreading with the high winds. The briuade was out nearly all da}', but despite their efforts, the residence of a man named Fuller, and an unoccupied house, the property of Jensen, were burnt, and a number of sheds, outhouses, haystack?, and fences were destroyed. In Borne parts of tho town houses m whole streets were emptied <f furniture, and a watch was kept throughout the night. Several rosidence3 caugl t but the fire was put out, and several if the settlers' homes had a narrow escape. Tho square itself was m danger at one time from straw which had ignited ii. a yard adjoining Ferguson's store, but by great efforts this was got out. The wii d has gone down somewhat this morninp, and the danger is over for the present j but should the wind spring up again the state of things ia likely to be as bad a| •T»r.

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FIRES IN TOWN AND COUNTRY., Timaru Herald, Volume XLIII, Issue 3865, 22 February 1887

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FIRES IN TOWN AND COUNTRY. Timaru Herald, Volume XLIII, Issue 3865, 22 February 1887

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