Coun­cil await­ing fire re­port


The Man­iototo Arts Cen­tre in Ran­furly will re­main closed un­til fur­ther no­tice after a fire dam­aged the build­ing.

A Cen­tral Otago Dis­trict Coun­cil spokes­woman said a New Zealand Fire Ser­vice Fire Risk Man­age­ment Of­fi­cer vis­ited the cen­tre on Fri­day to carry out a site in­spec­tion and in­ves­ti­gate the cause of last Wed­nes­day’s fire.

Coun­cil had not yet re­ceived the for­mal re­port, she said.

‘‘The arts cen­tre re­mains closed un­til fur­ther no­tice. Coun­cil of­fi­cers are work­ing with lo­cal con­trac­tors to as­sess when ser­vices to the front meet­ing and work­rooms can be re- es­tab­lished.

‘‘Coun­cil is work­ing with its in­sur­ers to de­ter­mine when repairs to the dam­aged sec­tion of the build­ing can be made.’’

Arts Cen­tre user groups were tem­po­rar­ily us­ing coun­cil’s other com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties as ap­pro­pri­ate, she said.

A fire safety of­fi­cer will in­ves­ti­gate the fire.

The fire and wa­ter dam­age was con­tained to the back kiln room of the Arts Cen­tre.

The back art work room and the front meet­ing room and kitch­enette had min­i­mal smoke dam­age only.

Cen­tral Otago Mayor Tim Cado­gan said the coun­cil wished to thank the lo­cal fire­fight­ers.

They did a great job con­tain­ing the fire, and he ex­pressed his grat­i­tude that no one was hurt.


The Man­iototo Arts Cen­tre.

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