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30 November 2020
Tuesday 17 November 2020 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National
A fireman carrying iron roofing slats from the studio home fire at Takuvaine valley. 20111605
Two Teimorimotia fire tankers from the Takitumu station, two pump trucks from Puaikura and a pump truck from Crash Fire attended the scene of the Takuvaine blaze.
It appears the fire may have started from a mosquito coil,
said Takitumu fire chief Ali Macquarie.
“Do not place your coils under the bed, put them safely in a
place where you can see it, and away from curtains etc,” he said.
The young man who stayed in the hut was unharmed, but sadly
lost all his belongings inside and a motor bike that was parked near-by.
His father was called, “but it was too late to do anything,
when he arrived”, said a bystander.
The fire was extinguished by quick to respond volunteers who
also cleared damaged iron roofing from the burnt site.
Although the fire blazed, the family’s heavily laden lychee
tree and blooming orchid garden, stood undisturbed.
Another unfortunate house fire in Titikaveka on Sunday
morning destroyed a person’s engineering machinery and manuals, construction
equipment for work gear.
The smaller home was attached to the family’s newer, larger
building that remained intact.
Macquarie received a phone call regarding the fire from the
Airport Authority at 8.51am.
“We managed to round up six volunteers and arrived at the
scene eight minutes later.”
Prior to that call, no one from the community had called the
Takitumu fire station number to report the fire.
Macquarie would like to remind the community to contact the
fire services immediately.
“As soon as there is smoke, call us, don’t assume someone
else has already done so.”
Neighbours also assisted with their hoses to try and put out
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Cook Islands News understands the fire was caused by a
domestic dispute between a couple and that petrol was involved.
Macquarie also asks people to be mindful when burning
rubbish especially when it’s windy.
“Stay with your fire, be careful and don’t abandon your
fire,” he said.
If there is a fire, call 999 the emergency number, or 25899
for Airport Crash Fire or Macquarie on 55999 for the Takitumu area.