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DESTRUCTIVE FIRE AT NEW YORK.

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DESTRUCTIVE FIRE AT NEW YORK. TERRIBLE EXPLOSION AND LOS; OF LIFE. The city of New York has been visited by a calamitous fire' unparallelled in the history of our city, save by the great confla giation of 1835. On Saturday morning, 19th July, in the space of seven hours, no less than one hundred and eighty valuable warehouses, filled with costly merchandise recently imported, with ninety other buildings occupied as dwellings or workshops, fell a prey to the flames. The loss in buildings and merchandise, part of the latter being saved, is not less than five or six millions of dollars. The amount eovered by insurance is about four millions of dollars. The Insurance Companies are all able to meet their losses, and will pay promptly. Five small companies having lost a large part of their capitals, have concluded to wind up, should the stockholders, after paying their losses, deem that course expedient. The most painful part of the disaster is the loss of six or seven lives. The fire commenced at 3 o'clock on Saturday morning, 19th inst., in the upper part of the four story brick building, No. 34, New-street, occupied by J. L. Veodoren, as an oil store. That building, with its contents, was ia a very short time entirely destroyed, as was a large brick building ad- joining, occupied as a carpenter's shop. At a quarter to four o'clock, Crocker and Warren's store in New.street, in which was stored a very large quantity of saltpetre, blew up with the most tremendous explosion ever heard or felt in the city. That building itself was of course scattered in frae. ments in an instant, and those near it were little better off. So awful was the shock, that the thick plate glass in nearly all the buildings in Wall-street was broken in fragments, and strewed over the pavement, in many instances the substantial window sashes themselves being broken in. There were three etplosions, which were heard at a distance of twenty miles from the city, accompanied hy shocks resembling those of an earthquake, and so powerful as to shatter windows within a circuit of nearly a mile. The doors of the American Exchange Bank, in Wall-street, were burst open with a loud crash. The City Bank doors also burst. The streets or buildings every where in the vicinity bore marks of the explosion, which not only carried away three buildings, and shattered doors and windows, but also carried flame and bum* ing timbers into the adjoining warehouses. The heat became insupportable, and every house in the neigh- bourhood was rendered hot and inflammable, and the fire- burried on by the fierce whirlwind created hy every large tire- communicated and spread with fearful rapidity. The flames were at last subdued by the indomitable exertions of the Fire Department, and at 10 o'clock in the forenoon the devouring element was completely arrested. The portion of the city destroyed, was occupied principally by French and German merchants, and is almost the centre of business, being surrounded on all sides by large warehouses, banks, counting-bouses, &c. But for a plentiful supply of water furnished by the Croton Aque. duct, the whole southern portion of the city would have been destroyed. Workmen are already engaged in rebuilding on the site of the fire and within a few days after the calamity, the corner atones ofseverat warehouses were laid. Such is the indomitable energy of the American character. The loss has fallen heavily upon the Merchants of New YOlk, but it will be met prompily. Valu- able improvements in the construction of warehouses have been suggested by the disaster, aDd are being adopted by those about to erect new buildings. The money market has felt the influence of this sudden destruc. tion of so much property, and the leculities of the Insurance Companies being mostly in stocks, the latter have receded fiom one to two per cent. Cotton went up a quarter of a cent per lb. in consequence of the destruction of from 10,000 t:) 20,000 bales, French wines and brandies advanced slightly from the same cause.— The New York Weekly Sun.

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