Serious Bush Fires.
(From Our Own Correspondent),
.^WAIHI, January 5. Sorious bush fir3a have been raging oe the ranges round Waihifor over a woek, with much loss of timber and property, and, it is feared, even of life. In Brownte bush, Waiteto, a furious conflagration has been going on for some days, and much valuable cut timber and private property has been j destroyed, among which is a lot of timber for Mr H, Lever. Devonport Brothers lost £15 worth. Blackie and mates also lost heavily, but the extent of their loss is not yet ascertained. Mr Seymour lost a lot of sawn and split timber, and the Sergeant's lost their bushmen's tools. Blakte's whare was totally destroyed, and he himself had to flee for his life, with his eyes badly scorched in saving his personal effecjs. The fire is still raging, and will do a lot more damage unless rain soon comes. At Bulltown a furious bush fire is raging, and many narrow escapes have occurred. The whares of Wolff and MacMillan, in Harley's bush, have been destroyed. The Leggos had a narrow escape, and are moving to other quarters. ; All Tuesday and Wednesday Messrs Slevin and others were fighting the flames. ' * In Walmsley's bush much valuable timber is destroyed, and the houses of Meßsrs Farrell, Davis, and Oarden have been burned. In Hogan's bush the whares of Oaborue and Crosby have been destroyed.
(Per Press Association.) GISBORNE, Jan. 5. Bush fires have been raging in different parts of the district during the last few days, and a considerable amount' of clearing has been done. In some cases loss of live stock has been reported through the fires. At JN uhaka, yesterday, a large firo was raging, which resulted in the destruction of a four roomed cottage, owned by Mr G. A. Swarbuck, of Tarawa. The bush being burnt off was situated about 20 chains from the house. About noon, when Mr Swarbuck and his family were at dinner, the house was discovered to be on fire, and all attempts to put it out failed. A small wool shed, a quantity of grass seed, and some pockets of wood were also destroyed. The fire made a clean sweep of everything, the inmates of the house losing all their clothing, and being unable to sa\e even a stick of furniture. Mr Swarbuck estimates his loss at over £200, both' house and furniture being uninsured.
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