Fire guts internal garage of Fernhill home

No-one was injured in a blaze that gutted an internal garage in Queenstown’s Fernhill on Saturday.

A man who lived in a unit within the same property in Watts Rd, Fernhill, was believed to be the only person home at the time, and was able to run out of his front door unharmed.

The man, who wished to be known as Craig, said he felt "all good" but said the fire was "crazy".

"I just smelled smoke ... there’s a little door between our flats, and I just saw it coming under the door, and then I ran outside and I could see it all coming from the garage," Craig said.

A neighbour said when the fire broke out a woman was screaming "fire" from the street and notified emergency services, which confirmed they received a call about 1.55pm.

A fire ripped through the garage of a Fernhill home on Saturday. PHOTO: CASS MARRETT
A fire ripped through the garage of a Fernhill home on Saturday. PHOTO: CASS MARRETT
Five vehicles from Fire and Emergency New Zealand were present along with about 25 firefighters.

A police spokesman confirmed police provided traffic control at the scene and an ambulance was present but not needed.

Queenstown fire brigade Senior Station Officer Dave Christie said the fire was not being treated as suspicious.

He said the damage was mainly in the garage but there was some in other parts of the house.

"[A] wee bit up in one of the bedrooms ... of the unit to the side, smoke damage, the one on the back, completely fine," Mr Christie said.

A fire safety investigator from Invercargill would look into the cause.





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