Playground fire a suspected arson

The Steampunk Playground’s middle toilet was badly damaged in a suspected arson early yesterday...
The Steampunk Playground’s middle toilet was badly damaged in a suspected arson early yesterday morning. PHOTOS: KAYLA HODGE
The toilet block at Oamaru’s Steampunk Playground was damaged in a suspected arson yesterday morning.

The toilet basin at the Awamoa Park men’s toilet block was also damaged.
The toilet basin at the Awamoa Park men’s toilet block was also damaged.
Emergency services were called to a fire at the toilets near Oamaru Harbour at 4.41am.

An Oamaru police spokeswoman said the middle toilet of the three-toilet block had been set on fire and the hand basin, hand dryer and toilet roll dispensers had been ripped from the wall.

"There’s superficial smoke damage to the toilet block, but extensive damage to the dryer and everything like that," the spokeswoman said.

There was damage to the other toilets as well, but the middle toilet received the most.

The fire was discovered by a Waitaki District Council staff member who was repairing a light at the toilet block.

A council social media post said it hoped to have one toilet open for the weekend, and it would look at portaloos too.

Police would like to hear from anybody who had information about the incident, the spokeswoman said.

Part of the fence at the Phoenix Mill Water Wheel was driven through.
Part of the fence at the Phoenix Mill Water Wheel was driven through.
The same night, the Awamoa Park men’s toilet block also had the hand basin ripped from the wall, and someone drove through the fence at the Phoenix Mill Water Wheel in Old Mill Rd.

kayla.hodge@odt.co.nz

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