Lucky es­cape for owner of laun­dry

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Heather McCracken

A laun­dry owner is lucky to be alive af­ter be­ing trapped be­hind a locked door in a burn­ing build­ing.

The man, who was sleep­ing on the premises, tried to flee the blaze through a down­stairs exit.

But he didn’t have keys to the dead­locked door and couldn’t re­turn through the flames to re­trieve them.

He was res­cued by firefi arriving on the scene and taken to Auck­land Hospi­tal suf­fer­ing from smoke in­hala­tion.

Fire safety of­fi­cer Roy War­ren says the man had a lucky es­cape.

“We’re lucky we’re not deal­ing with a fa­tal­ity,” he says.

The Fire Ser­vice was called to the blaze at 10.30pm on Satur­day at the Olympic Com­mer­cial Laun­dry in McKelvie St, Pon­sonby.

Mr War­ren says the cause of the blaze is still be­ing de­ter­mined, but he’s sat­is­fied the fire is not sus­pi­cious.

The­o­ries the fire re­sulted from a me­teor shower re­ported over the North Is­land have also been dis­counted.

The two-storey build­ing has been largely de­stroyed, but an ad­join­ing fac­tory was saved by a fire wall.

The laun­dry busi­ness han­dled mostly ho­tel and restau­rant linens.

Clean­ing chem­i­cals on site were stored well away from the ori­gin of the fire, Mr War­ren says.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Search for clues: Fire safety of­fi­cer Roy War­ren looks over the re­mains of the Olympic Laun­dry busi­ness in Pon­sonby.

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