Fire crews were kept busy in the South Island through the
night with a house fire and a car fire that led to a large
Crews were first called to the car fire, with flames
spreading to the hillside at Bealey Spur on Arthurs Pass
about 6pm, southern fire communications shift manager Andrew
"We had crews there from about 6 o'clock till about 10.30pm,
when the Department of Conservation took over."
Fire appliances and a helicopter battled the flames, Mr
"It quite a bit of time to get the fire under control or
The fire was not being treated as suspicious.
It was not known how much land was damaged by the flames, but
Mr Norris said it was a large area on inaccessible steep
Fire crews were later called to a house fire in Timaru.
Occupants of the home woke to find the property ablaze and
all escaped unharmed before calling the fire service from a
Mr Norris said crews were called to the "large split-level"
house on Temple Crescent Street about 2.15am.
It took about an hour to bring under control and was not
considered to be suspicious, he said.
It was not know how many people were in the house, but there
were no injuries, Mr Norris said.
- Rebecca Quilliam of APNZ