The Waimate fire which blazed across 178ha just before
Christmas has still not been declared officially out, a
formal process which South Canterbury principal rural fire
officer Rob Hands is cautious about rushing into.
The Fire Service is investigating whether a small boy playing
with a lighter started a house fire which nearly claimed the
lives of his mother and twin siblings in south Auckland
It may be the new year, but it's the same old problem of more
couch fires in North Dunedin.
One of the country's oldest department stores escaped
extensive damage when a sprinkler system activated and put
out a fire which could have destroyed the building.
Firefighters are expected to continue working through
Christmas to control a blaze which covers about 95 hectares
of forestry on Mt Allan.
The Waimate fire which burnt 178ha has been contained, but
could be months away from being officially declared out,
unless there is a lot of rain despite long-term predictions
of a dry, windy summer.
Scrub clearing contractors where given a fright yesterday
morning when a controlled and permitted burn-off of gorse
near Portobello got out of control.
Builders are still investigating the extent of damage at the
Creek Cafe and Bar in Dunmore St, following a large kitchen
fire on Saturday, and the fate of the building is not yet
A Palmerston North man given an award for bravery for
rescuing a woman from a Foxton house fire last year is still
haunted by the cries of her daughter, who died in the blaze.
An education official in South Africa says four boys as young
as 8 at a school for the blind died in a locked dormitory
room after a fire.
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