FIRE IN BOATSHED.
MANY BOATS DESTROYED,
ORIGIN HOT KNOWN.
Some time after one o'clock ibis morning a fire was discovered in a boa tailed on tho Avon, between Durham Street and Montreal Street, belonging to Mrs J. M'Lcan. Tho alarm was given to the Fire Brigade through a telephone, the message- stating that a lire- was raging in Cambridge Terrace in that locality. The brigade immediately attended, and prevented the complete destruction of the shed and the contents. Tho fire had such a. strong hold that much damage was done, and Mrs M'Lcan is a great sufferer.
Iho shed is in two parts. In one, on the eastern side the boats arc housed and th« attendant iiad his-bench and a kind of workshop. In the other, on the western side, there were two small compartments used as offices. Mrs M’Lcan left the shod about 9 p.m. yesterday. The attendant waited to receive the boats that had been taken on the river, and the last came in about J.O p.m. Ho housed them, extinguished a kerosene lamp ho had used in the office, closed the shed, and then wont home. The firo broke out on tho eastern side. The western, side where the lamp was used, is untouched. The fire obviously could not have been caused by the lamp, and its origin is unknown.
There wero thirty skiffs and other boa ts in the shod, and all of thorn have been damaged. Some, apparently, have been merely scorched, and the paintlias boon taken c.ff; others havo had holes burnt in them, and a fairly large number have been charred to pieces, nothing being left, except the ironwork. The slier] has an iron roof and timber walls. Practically Ihe whole of tho eastern wall has been destroyed, as well ns most of the rafters. The skids are undamaged. The, fire occurred at a. very unfortun? ate time, in the middle of the holiday season, dir M’Lean died a few weeks ago. Mrs M’Lcan has conducted the business since his death, and has offered the business for sale. All tho boats were made by Mr M’Lean. Tho cost of repairing the damaged ones, and of replacing thoso lost will bo heavy, on account of tho increased material and labour. The insurance, £313 in the Phoenix Company, is much below the estimated loss.
The shod was established on its present site by Mr M’Lean forty years ago, and is well-known to residents and visitors to tho citv.
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