Leadership

MANY KILLED IN NEW ZEALAND DEPARTMENT STORE FIRE

Issue 1 and Volume 101.

MANY KILLED IN NEW ZEALAND DEPARTMENT STORE FIRE Basement Blaze Spreads Through Structure Trapping Many Customers and Employees FORTY-NINE people were reported dead or missing in the burning of Ballantyne’s, Christchurch, N. Z., department store, November 18, 1947. The property loss was reported as $1,600,000. The four-story structure located at the corner of Colombo and Cashel Streets, of old style construction, with a marquee or awning projecting over the sidewalk on both thoroughfares, was filled with the usual holiday merchandise when the fire, of undetermined origin, was discovered. The fire started at 3:46 P. M., at the height of the shopping rush, and the store—the biggest in Christchurch and the third largest in New Zealand—was well filled. By 4:15 P. M., walls were collapsing, and the roof had fallen in. When the fire was finally brought under control, only the stone shell of the building was left, and steel fire-resistant…

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