A fire that destroyed the Siberia Hut in the isolated
northeastern ranges of Mt Aspiring National Park last week
may have been started from an lpg-fired fridge unit.
Volunteer firefighters from Palmerston fought a fire in hay
on a farm on Andersons Rd, above Andersons Inlet, on the
coast east of Palmerston, yesterday.
Effects from Central Otago's recent spate of fires will be
felt for years, as land is revegetated and a Roxburgh
family's home rebuilt.
The cost of the Flat Top Hill conservation area fire has been
estimated at $80,000, but its cause remains a mystery.
Two weekend benefit concerts raised more than $10,000 for the
Dunedin Ballet School, which was destroyed by fire in March.
A man rescued from a Northeast Valley
house by two police officers yesterday morning was seconds
away from being overcome by smoke, police say.
A Blackman Rd house at Earnscleugh, near Alexandra, was
gutted after a fire ripped through it yesterday afternoon.
The Kaitangata house at the centre of a murder investigation
last month was torched and almost gutted last night in what
police said was obviously an arson attack.
The cause of a house fire which killed a ‘‘special, friendly'
20-year-old Gore woman on Sunday has not been deter mined,
but police say it does not appear the fire had been malici
ous or lit deliberately.
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