Artist J. Sanderson painted this reconstruction of the Lyttelton fire of 1870. It raged out of control, destroying much of the business centre. At that time Lyttelton had no fire brigade, so residents were forced to fight the fire, and had to demolish buildings to stop it spreading.
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