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DESTRUCTIVE FIRE AT BARNET.

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DESTRUCTIVE FIRE AT BARNET. On Friday evening a disastrous fire broke out in High Barnet. where a large factory be- longing to Messrs. Watson and Sons, Limited, opticians, otc.. of 313, High Holborn, London, was gutted. The factory, which covers an area of a quarter of an acre, contained a consider- able quantity of Government stores, telescopes, binoculars, gun sights, etc., which were de- stroyed. Nearly 100 employees were usually engaged in the establishment, but the majority of these had left work before the fire happened. Those who remained safely descended from the burn- ing factory by means of the fire escape amid considerable excitement. Fortunately no one was injured. It is stated that the cause of the fire was the fusing of an electric motor in the "roughing" shop. The flames spread with great rapidity, and in a quarter of an hour had enveloped the whole building. Though brigades quickly arrived from Finehley, Barnet, and New Barnet, they were unable to prevent the complete destruction of the premises. The damage is estimated to be xio,ooo.

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