Story: Fires and fire services

Ballantynes fire

Ballantynes department store in Christchurch was destroyed by fire on 18 November 1947. Forty-one people died in the blaze. Click to see how the fire spread through the store, trapping workers on the upper floors.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Fires and fire services - Fires in the 1940s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 April 2024)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 11 Mar 2010