Crews called to fire in flat in Waikaka

Fire crews were called out to the Southland township of Waikaka after a co-joined flat went on fire this morning.

A Fire and Emergency New Zealand (Fenz)  spokeswoman said an occupant of one of the flats called emergency services about 8.45am.

A fire crew from Waikaka and a pump and tanker crew from Tapanui were initially called to the scene; however, when the Waikaka crew arrived and found the house well alight, more resources were requested and two pumps and a tanker were sent from the Gore station.

The occupants of both flats had evacuated the building prior to Fenz crews arriving, she said. She was unaware of how many people had been in the flats.

The fire was out by 10.10am but fire crews spent a bit more time ensuring the roof space was safe.

''They (Fenz) had a bit of concern because of it being co-joined they had to remove roofing iron etc to make sure it hadn't gone through the roof space and gone into the other one,'' she said.

They were not treating the fire as suspicious but Invercargill chief fire investigator Murray Milne-Maresca was investigating. 

Add a Comment

drivesouth-pow-generic-1.png

 

Advertisement

postanote_header_620_x_80.png

postanote_620_x_25.jpg

Our journalists are your neighbours

We are the South's eyes and ears in crucial council meetings, at court hearings, on the sidelines of sporting events and on the frontline of breaking news.

As our region faces uncharted waters in the wake of a global pandemic, Otago Daily Times continues to bring you local stories that matter.

We employ local journalists and photographers to tell your stories, as other outlets cut local coverage in favour of stories told out of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

You can help us continue to bring you local news you can trust by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter