Quick action prevents fire from growing

Thursday September 13, 2018 Written by Published in Local
A firefighter directs water onto a bush fire in Tutakimoa inland area yesterday morning. 18091217 A firefighter directs water onto a bush fire in Tutakimoa inland area yesterday morning. 18091217

Swift action from the Rescue Fire Services doused a bush fire, which fire fighters say could easily have become catastrophic, in the Tutakimoa inland area yesterday morning.

 

The blaze started from a rubbish fire on the hillside behind the Pickering Motors complex.

 The owner of a property in the area was burning rubbish when the fire spread into nearby bush.

Rescue Fire Services were informed of the fire around 9.30am by the occupant of a neighbouring property and within minutes, a fire truck was at the scene to control the blaze from growing and spreading further.

“A couple of weeks ago we talked about (the need for people to look after their) fires and looking at the wind when lighting one.

It happened with this house owner where the fire went out of his control and burned the side of the hill,” said chief fire officer Willie Hagai.

“We need to be smart about lighting our fires. Stay with your fire and keep an eye on it.

It was good that a neighbour rang the fire services, because this fire was going out of control.”

Hagai said the blaze could have turned disastrous if there had been buildings behind the property where the fire was first lit.

He said fire fighters were lucky to get to the scene in time before the fire could gain strength.

“Fortunately for us, there is no house up on the other side of the hill and the team was quick to get here and douse the fire.”

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