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.
Dunedin has a new export - couch fires.
House fires in Kelvin Heights and Hallenstein St kept the
Queenstown Volunteer Fire Brigade busy yesterday.
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.
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
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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