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Wednesday 10 June 1908, The Sydney Morning Herald

SIX BUILDINGS DESTROYED.

TINGHA, Tuesday.

A destructive fire broke out in Ruby-street, Tingha, yesterday afternoon, between 1 and 2 o’clock. The whole of Tet Fong’s Arcade was burnt to the ground, in spite of the strenuous efforts of the neighbours, as also the hands from the various dredges.

The buildings’ were the property of Dr. Tet Fong, and were tenanted by Messrs. Pepper and Cutcher, of Inverell; a vacant shop, Miss Yaupang’s millinery establishment, George Yaupang’s hairdressing saloon, Tet Fong’s billiard saloon and private residence.

Much sympathy is felt for the sufferers, most of whom were away at the Oddfellows’ races, held on our local course.

Fortunately Wing Hing Loong and Co.’s store escaped.

The fire originated in Pepper and Cutcher’s store. The buildings were burnt to the ground. The buildings were insured for £500. Pepper and Cutcher’s stock of men’s mercery and boots had just beon replenished for the winter, and was partly insured. Miss Yaupang’s stock of millinery was damaged to the extent of £20; contents of George Yaupang’s hairdressing saloon, £30; Tet Fong’s medicines, furniture, etc., – £200; Mrs. Kay’s restaurant, £100. None of these were insured. Wing Hing Loong estimates the damage to stock by heat and breakages at £1000 or more. The side of the building nearest the fire was built of galvanised iron. The drapery was almost totally destroyed; in addition to which the front, had to be smashed in to effect an entrance.

So great was the heat that the plateglass windows in the shops opposite, a distance of 66ft, wore cracked, and one telegraph post was destroyed. Wing Hing Loong was partly insured.

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