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FIRES.

AT GLENMAEK. DESTEUCTION OF ME G. H. MOOEE'S EESIDENCE. Yesterday one of the moat magnificent private residences in the Colony— that of Mr G. H. Moore, at Glenmark, in North Canterbury — was destroyed by fire. The details of the occurrence at present to hand are bat meagre The first intimation of the catastrophe which reached town was a telephone message to this office from Amberley, about 5 p.m. From this, and from information obtained from various sources subsequently, it appears that the fire began in the kitchen during the forenoon, and that it rapidly gained such a hold that not only were all efforts to master it futile, but very little of the contents of the house could be saved. A strong Nor'wester was, it is stated, blowing at the time, and, fanned by this, the flames spread with such rapidity that, in a comparatively abort time, the large and splendid building was merely a pile of floor ched and blackened walls and chimneys. All that could be got out was, it is said, about £100 worth of furniture and effects, a very small part, indeed, of the valuable contenta of the mansion. There was, it ia understood, no insurance, Mr Moore preferring to undertake his own risks. The house was of great size and substantial construction, the walls being of concrete. It was begun about nine years ago. the designs being prepared by Mr S. C. Farr. The original cost is stated to have been £15,000. Several additions have been made since then, the proprietor sparing neither money nor trouble to improve hia residence. It stood in the midst of beautifully laid out and carefully kept grounds, and was furnished in sumptuous a yle. The furniture, which was specially imported from England, is estimated to have been worth, at the time of its destruction, no less a sum than £11,000. The fittings and ornaments of the mansion were magnificent; a -marble staircase, tesselated pavements, fine pictnres, indeed everything that the taste of the proprietor could suggest, were there, and have, presumably, been consumed in the destruction which has overtaken the mansion. The total amount of Mr Moore's loss ha 3 been estimated at over .£30,000, but it must be evident that he has lost much that money cannot replace.

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FIRES., Star, Issue 7071, 24 January 1891

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FIRES. Star, Issue 7071, 24 January 1891

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