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Fire and fire brigade at Ballantyne's department store, Christchurch

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Ballentynes Disaster. Covering over an acre of land in central Christchurch, New Zealand. Ballentynes Department store, which was considered the "Harrods" of New Zealand, was engulfed by flames within a matter of minutes, killing 41 people. It was the worst fire disaster in New Zealand to this day. All 41 people including 31 women were buried in a mass grave at Ruru Cemetery in Christchurch. The Coroner found that delays in calling the fire brigade, had contributed to the disaster.

Ballentynes Disaster. Covering over an acre of land in central Christchurch, New Zealand. Ballentynes Department store, which was considered the "Harrods" of New Zealand, was engulfed by flames within a matter of minutes, killing 41 people. It was the worst fire disaster in New Zealand to this day. All 41 people including 31 women were buried in a mass grave at Ruru Cemetery in Christchurch. The Coroner found that delays in calling the fire brigade, had contributed to the disaster.

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