Otago Daily Times

Se­ri­ous fire at Evening Star

- Disasters · Dunedin

A SUD­DEN se­ri­ous out­break of fire oc­curred in the up­per story of the Star of­fice just be­fore noon on Satur­day and much dam­age was done, chiefly by water, be­fore it was got un­der con­trol by the City and South Dunedin Brigades. The out­break oc­curred in the process block­mak­ing room, which is si­t­u­ated just above the stereo­typ­ing room on the third floor, and which con­tains a quan­tity of pho­to­graphic ma­te­rial. There was no one us­ing the room, and at present no sat­is­fac­tory ex­pla­na­tion can be given of how it orig­i­nated or how it ob­tained such a

pow­er­ful hold be­fore it was dis­cov­ered.

When the bri­gade ar­rived, the flames were shoot­ing high above the roof and could be seen a long way off. In about a quar­ter of an hour, after a stren­u­ous fight, the fire­men had the flames un­der con­trol. For­tu­nately, the ma­chin­ery has prac­ti­cally es­caped, but large stocks of pa­per have been dam­aged. It was at first thought that the is­sue of the city edi­tion of the Star would be jeop­ar­dised, but stren­u­ous ef­forts were made by all hands in clear­ing up, and although a lit­tle late, the pa­per was is­sued as usual to its many read­ers.

was speak­ing of the “ter­ri­ble re­spon­si­bil­ity” which any­one who knew city con­di­tions must re­alise rested on each one to reach a help­ing hand to those who needed it. In many cases that had been brought un­der his no­tice, said Mr More­ton, peo­ple were liv­ing in open adul­tery, and it was some­times the chil­dren who had been ne­glected that they had to care for in their or­phan­ages.

the com­mu­nity . . . re­ally dan­ger­ous crim­i­nals are kept within the four walls of the cen­tral pris­ons. Es­capes oc­ca­sion­ally take place from such places, as they do from the strong­est of pris­ons in other coun­tries, but if such es­capes are due in any way to the care­less­ness or neg­li­gence of prison of­fi­cers, condign pun­ish­ment fol­lows.”

 ??  ?? The fish­ing in­dus­try at The Nuggets, South Otago. — Otago Wit­ness, 12.10.1920.
The fish­ing in­dus­try at The Nuggets, South Otago. — Otago Wit­ness, 12.10.1920.

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