Diesel spill, fire linked to boy racers

A diesel spill in Queens Dr, Invercargill, at the weekend — apparently linked to boy racers — resulted in firefighters being alerted after the diesel caught fire and ignited nearby scrub.

A Fire and Emergency New Zealand spokesman said the fire had been referred to the police, and there may have been some boy racer involvement before the 1.53am callout on Saturday.

A police spokeswoman said several small roadside fires were seen, and police had spoken to ‘‘a couple of people’’ in cars at the scene. No charges had been laid, and further details were not available.

It was not clear how the diesel came to be on the road, she said.

Station Officer Jodi McHugh, of Invercargill, said firefighters quickly extinguished the fire in a small area of scrub. A small section of Queens Dr was reduced to one lane for a short time as firefighters worked in the semirural area, near Thomsons Bush and the Waihopai River.

The Invercargill City Council laid material on the road to soak up the diesel. 

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