Dogs die, man flees early morning fire on West Coast

Two dogs died and a man fled for his life after a devastating fire ripped through two houses in Runanga early on Sunday.

The man was safely out of the inferno before the fire crews arrived.

He was taken to Te Nikau Hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.

About 50 firefighters from Runanga, Greymouth, Dobson, Blackball and Cobden eventually got the fire under control at the corner of Hall Jones and Ward Sts, after they were alerted at 3.47am.

A Fire and Emergency New Zealand investigator from Nelson was yesterday sifting through the remains to try to establish the cause of the fire.

The early morning blaze had started at a house in Hall Jones St, where the occupant's two dogs perished.

The neighbouring house also caught fire and was soon well alight. It was unoccupied.

 - Georgia O'Connor-Harding







Local trusted journalism matters - now more than ever

As the Covid-19 pandemic brings the world into uncharted waters, Star Media journalists and photographers continue to report local stories that matter everyday - yours.

For more than 152 years our journalists have provided Cantabrians with local news that can be trusted. It’s more important now than ever to keep Cantabrians connected.

As our advertising has fallen during the pandemic, support from you our reader is crucial.

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

Become a Supporter