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The Maxwelltown hotel, occupied by Mr Anthony, was totally destroyed by fire early on Monday morning. The destruction is complete, the whole building having been levelled to the ground in an incredibly short spacß of time. From Mr Anthony and other persons who were sleeping in the house at the time, we glean the following particulars. The hotel was closed and the inmates retired to rest early on Sunday evening. Between 12 and 1 o'clock a carpenter named J. H. "Waite was awakened by the sound of something falling. He rose in bed and felt a great heat and could see a strong light shining into the room. He got up and opened the door, and the flames were then quickly mounting tbe stairs. He immediately raised the alarm, but so sonnd asleep were the other inmates, that he had to shout repeatedly before he could make them hear, Mr Anthony occupied a bedroom on the ground floor, and his wife, aroused by the cries, quickly awakened her'husband. By this time the flaraeshad burst through the wall at the top of the room, Mr and Mrs Anthony and child only just having time to escape with their lives. Upstairs the situation was equally critical. In some back rooms were a sick man named Carter, suffering from inflammation of the lungs, the cook named Matthewson, Mr Duncan Urquhart, and some others, 'seven in all. All these were aroused by Waite, to whose discovery of the fire they undoubtedly owe their lives, Matthewson knowing Carter was unable' to escape by himself, carried him to the verandah and got down by the post, injuring himself by so doing by striking against a hook placed there for the convenience of horsemen. By the time all the inmates were got safely out, the house was fairly in bames, so that no thing could be saved.

Tho house belonged to Messrs Taylor and Watt, and was iusured in the Union Company for £400. The stock and furniture, the property of Mr Anthony, was insured in the Imperial Company for a like amount. This will not cover the actual loss, as so late as Saturday a fresh stock had been brought in. The other inmates also lost heavily. Carter, the eick man, lost £40 in cash and his clothes, Urquhart about £10 worth of tools, Waite, also, a like value. Mr Anthony cannot in any way account' for the fire. Everything was safe on Sunday night, and as the fire had obtained such a good hold before being discovered it is difficult to say where it originated,

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FIRE AT MAXWELL TOWN., Wanganui Herald, Volume XIII, Issue 3115, 30 April 1878

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FIRE AT MAXWELL TOWN. Wanganui Herald, Volume XIII, Issue 3115, 30 April 1878

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