Tuesday, 26 January 2021

WHITIANGA WEATHER

Whitianga house destroyed in fire

An unfortunate incident played out late on Saturday last week when the Whitianga Volunteer Fire Brigade were called out to a house on fire in Nicholas Avenue. “We’ve received the call at 5:17pm and were alerted to the fact that there may have been people in the house,” says Deputy Chief Fire Officer Derek Collier. “Fortunately, when we arrived at the scene, there was no-one inside but the house was engulfed in flames.”

When the fire was detected, neighbours phoned 111 and helped the mother and child who were inside to evacuate safely.

“We’ve had both our fire appliances and our Operational Support van on the scene,” says Derek. “Fourteen of our firefighters and several of our Operational Support team responded to the call. Our members did a fantastic job in putting the fire out. It was impossible to save the house, but we managed to keep the fire away from the neighbouring properties. That’s always a challenge when dealing with a large fire in a suburban area. Once again our training paid off.”

Fire and Emergency New Zealand undertook a site investigation last Sunday to determine the cause of the fire. Their report will be released in due course.

Pictured: Whitianga Fire Chief Roly Chaney (left) and DCFO Derek Collier taking a break from the action.

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