Story: Fires and fire services

Ballantyne's ablaze

The desperate situation of those fighting the Ballantyne's department-store fire is shown in this film of the blaze. By the time the fire brigade arrived, the building was engulfed by flames.

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: Christchurch Fire. National Film Unit, 1947

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Fires and fire services - Fires in the 1940s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/21874/ballantynes-ablaze (accessed 9 July 2020)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 11 Mar 2010