The Puaikura and Takitumu volunteer fire brigades at Cook Islands General Transport on Sunday containing a fire that is thought to have started on an old boat in the yard. Photo: PUAIKURA VOLUNTEER FIRE BRIGADE/ 20122908
A concerted effort by Rarotonga’s volunteer fire brigades saved the Cook Islands General Transport yard from burning to the ground.
The Takitumu and Puaikura volunteer fire brigade services
dispatched two fire trucks each to attend a blaze at the Cook Islands General
Transport yard in Tutakimoa on Sunday afternoon.
According to Takitumu Fire Rescue station chief Ali Macquarie,
the fire is suspected to have started from a boat sitting in the yard and
spread to containers nearby.
Macquarie said it took just over an hour to contain the
Police were alerted to and attended the fire at about 5.45pm
on Sunday. Spokesperson Trevor Pitt confirmed a boat in the recycle yard of the
premises had ignited and also damaged a couple of shipping containers in the
vicinity of the blaze.
“Suspected cause is a flare and diesel presence on the old
boat,” Pitt said.
Police are continuing to review the scene and the file is
yet to be completed.
This is the third fire incident on the island in over a
month. Last month two Teimurimotia 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.
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.
There was also an unfortunate house fire in Titikaveka in
November. The blaze destroyed a person’s engineering machinery and manuals,
construction equipment and work gear.
The smaller home was attached to the family’s newer, larger
building that remained intact.