Women, dog es­cape blaze just in time


Four peo­ple es­caped un­harmed as a large chim­ney fire en­gulfed the ceil­ing cav­ity of a Queen­stown home.

Two res­i­dents were com­forted by fire­fight­ers fol­low­ing the blaze in Pere­grine Pl, which started about 8.50am on Fri­day last week.

The pair, one wrapped in a blan­ket, and their dog looked vis­i­bly shaken fol­low­ing the fire.

Two men who were at the prop­erty fix­ing the home’s garage door also man­aged to get out as four fire crews ar­rived on scene.

One of the men said the ‘‘pretty big’’ fire en­veloped the whole chim­ney and raced up into the ceil­ing cav­ity.

It was lucky fire­fight­ers ar­rived in time, he said.

A fire in­ves­ti­ga­tor ar­rived at the three-storey home about 10.15am.

Fire Ser­vice cen­tral com­mu­ni­ca­tions shift man­ager Mike Wanoa said the chim­ney fire was ‘‘well-in­volved’’ when Queen­stown and Frank­ton crews ar­rived at the prop­erty.

It had moved into the ‘‘very high roof’’ space and was con­tained about 9.40am.

Queen­stown Vol­un­teer Fire Brigade chief fire of­fi­cer Doug McKay was not able to com­ment.


The poplar trees on the cor­ner of Panorama Tce and Maxwell Pl which the coun­cil has voted to re­move.

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