One of the men hurt in several
explosions and a fire at a rural property near Whangarei last
night continues to fight for his life.
The man, aged 49, was taken to Whangarei Hospital last night
after emergency services were called to Opouteke Rd in
Pakotai about 7.30pm.
A second man, aged 29, was also taken to hospital from the
property. A Northland District Health spokeswoman confirmed
the younger man was in a serious condition and awaiting
transfer to Middlemore Hospital. The 49-year-old was in a
critical condition, she said.
Police said this morning a clandestine laboratory team and
fire safety investigators were carrying out a forensic
examination at the property.
Emergency workers and neighbours who went to the scene last
night were decontaminated. The area was also under guard
overnight, police said.
Anyone with information about the incident should contact
Whangarei police on 09 4304500.