Fires

Hunter Hills fire under control

Hunter Hills fire under control

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.

Controlled burn heads towards powerlines

Controlled burn heads towards powerlines

Scrub clearing contractors where given a fright yesterday morning when a controlled and permitted burn-off of gorse near Portobello got out of control.

Future of cafe building uncertain following fire

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 clear.

Hero still hears child's screams

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.

4 die in fire at South African blind school

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.

Couch fires exported

Couch fires exported

Dunedin has a new export - couch fires.

Two properties damaged by fires; owner praised

Two properties damaged by fires; owner praised

House fires in Kelvin Heights and Hallenstein St kept the Queenstown Volunteer Fire Brigade busy yesterday.

Drizzle helps to dampen hot spots

Rural firefighters spent the day yesterday opening up hot spots at a gorse fire that got out of control on Scroggs Hill, near Dunedin, on Wednesday.

Brigades mobilise as wind whips fire out of control

Brigades mobilise as wind whips fire out of control

About 30 firefighters and volunteers from as far away as Otematata and Glenavy fought a fire covering about 3ha in plantation slash just east of the Hakataramea township yesterday afternoon.

Fire at dental school

Fire at dental school

Firefighters rush to put out a small fire on the first floor of the University of Otago Faculty of Dentistry building on Saturday at 1.30pm.

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