Bike group's tractor destroyed by fire

Firefighters extinguish yesterday’s  tractor blaze. Peter McIntosh
Firefighters extinguish yesterday’s tractor blaze. Peter McIntosh
Mountain Biking Otago hopes having its tractor go up  in  flames will  not hamper its track-building efforts.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand is investigating the cause of the blaze which occurred about 2.30pm yesterday at the bike tracks behind Logan Park High School.

Hamish Seaton
Hamish Seaton
Mountain Biking Otago committee member Hamish Seaton was using the tractor for  gravelling work when the machine  started  smoking.

He rushed to get a fire extinguisher out of his car but by then flames were shooting up and the blaze was  too fierce  for him to put out himself.

Firefighters arrived quickly and extinguished the flames, which by then were large, producing  billowing smoke.

Mr Seaton said it was "unfortunate" the tractor  was written off, especially as the group was working hard on new projects.

It was creating a new children’s track around the car park, a public road up to the tracks and building a car park and toilets.

He hoped the cost would be mostly covered by insurance.

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