A Queenstown man was uninjured, but left with only the shirt
and trousers he was wearing when his caravan caught fire
early on Saturday.
Queenstown police and Frankton volunteer firefighters were
called to the burning caravan at Frankton Motor Camp, at
Detective Sergeant Grahme Bartlett, of Queenstown, said
yesterday it was known there was one male occupant and a dog
and there were fears for their safety when they could not be
However, police later discovered he had slept elsewhere.
Det Sgt Bartlett said he and Fire Safety investigator Mike
Cahill, of Invercargill, were investigating the blaze, which
destroyed the caravan.
"We're leaning towards the possibility it's non-suspicious,
but inquiries are continuing."
The man, described as a long-term Queenstown resident, was
referred to Victim Support staff, who were trying to relocate
him, Det Sgt Bartlett said.
A 40-year-old Queenstown man was charged with driving with
excess breath alcohol, after the car he was driving allegedly
hit a parked vehicle on Fernhill Rd at 2am yesterday.
Police said he returned a breath-alcohol reading of 874mcg,
474mcg over the limit.
The man is expected to appear in the Queenstown District
Court on September 20.