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We are indebted to the courtesy of the editor of the Evening Herald for a slip containing the following account of the late fire at Blenheim : — A most destructive fire occurred at the stores of Mr Henry Dodson, in Alfred-s'reet, between 12 and 1 o'clock this morning, by which both his large stores were burned to the gronnd. The Fire Brigade turned out in force, but their efforts were unavailing. In about twenty minutes, all hopes of saving the building were at an end, and every exertion was then made to save what goods could be got at ; but the heat was so great that but very little was saved. The next effort was to remove all the goods out from Mr Kitchen's saddlery store, Mr Tuemmers, Mr Aveiy's, and Mr Elbeck's. Fortunately, however, the exertions made by several persons, by passing buckets of water up on to the roof, prevented the fire from spreading. The Presbyterian Church had a very narrow escape also, the roof having caught fire, but water was soon passed up, and the fire extinguished. The loss to Mr Dodson will be very considerable, as he had a large quantity of this season's hops just stored. We are informed that Mr Dodson wus only insured for £1500. As yet there is no knowing how the fire originated, but it is supposed to have broken out among the flax and wool in a large wool store. The sparks from the fire were carried over the river, and ignited some shavings close to the residence of Mr Caleb Davie«, and had it not been discovered in time, nothing could have saved

his premises.

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THE LATE FIRE AT BLENHEIM., West Coast Times, Issue 1726, 13 April 1871

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THE LATE FIRE AT BLENHEIM. West Coast Times, Issue 1726, 13 April 1871