Police want public's help over suspicious blaze

Police are calling for information on a suspicious blaze which ripped through scrub in Dunedin earlier this week forcing residents from their homes.

The fire erupted in early on Monday, on a steep hillside above Kaikorai Valley College, near Marshall St in Bradford.

Residents evacuated several nearby homes before the blaze was brought under control by about 4.30am.

Police said this morning they wanted to hear from anyone with information about the suspicious blaze.

A vegetation fire in Kaikorai Valley Rd early yesterday came perilously close to at least one...
A vegetation fire in Kaikorai Valley Rd came perilously close to at least one house. Photo: Peter McIntosh
This includes people who saw anything suspicious or unusual in the Bradford area, near Kaikorai Valley College,  before 3.15am.

People with information are urged to contact Dunedin Police on (03) 471 4800 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Fire and Emergency NZ fire risk management officer Mike Cahill, of Invercargill, was at the scene investigating earlier this week and told the Otago Daily Times he believed the fire was deliberately lit.

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