Abbotsford fire 'caused by children'

A scrub fire in Abbotsford this evening is believed to have been caused by children playing in the area.

Crews were alerted to the blaze - in scrub under trees near the intersection of Edward and Matthew Sts  - just after 6pm. 

Two appliances, from Lookout Point and Roslyn, attended and extinguished the blaze.

A Fire and Emergency New Zealand spokesman said the fire may have been caused by children playing in the area, and the matter had been referred to police.

A "deck monitor", a large water cannon mounted on the roof of one appliance, and two fire hoses were used to extinguish the fire, he said.

A police spokeswoman said they had been advised but had initially not attended the scene.

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