Bal­cony res­cue as fire en­gulfs dairy be­low

Auckland City Harbour News - - Front Page -

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.

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