Balcony rescue as fire engulfs dairy below
A fire that ripped through a Ponsonby dairy and the apartment above it is being treated as suspicious.
Three people were rescued from the balcony of the apartment by firefighters after the fire broke out at about 3.20am yesterday.
Fire safety officer Roy Warren says no one was hurt in the blaze, which started in the Busy Bee Dairy on Ponsonby Rd and spread upstairs to the apartment above.
“We have some ideas of what caused it but we can’t reveal those at the moment because of the police investigation.
“The fire is clearly suspicious but we are keeping an open mind until the police inquiries get further down the track.”
But at this point the fire does not appear to be accidental, he says.
The blaze started at the rear of the dairy, behind the public area, and did a serious amount of damage.
Mr Warren says the building is repairable.
“I wouldn’t say it was gutted, but it was quite severe. It’s gone into the roof.”
The fire was well alight when the fire engines arrived, but did not take long to get under control.
Mr Warren says firefighters made an aggressive attack on the back of the shop and were able to put out the flames.
Mr Warren says the Busy Bee Dairy is in the middle of a row of shops and the fire was contained and did not spread to other premises, although they did get a bit smokey.