Vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers face a busy work­load

Kaikoura Star - - FRONT PAGE -

Kaik­oura vol­un­teer fire bri­gade have been called into ac­tion sev­eral times in the past week, after a rea­son­ably quiet few weeks.

A bon­fire from the pre­vi­ous night on the beach near the Lions walk­way flared up on Sun­day af­ter­noon, Novem­ber 30.

On Thurs­day last week at 2pm, vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers were called to a fire at a Hawthorne road prop­erty.

‘‘They were hav­ing a bit of a bon­fire, burn­ing off some rub­bish and it caught. They burnt down a shed and caught a tree on fire.’’

Walker said it was not very bright light­ing a fire in the strong east­erly breeze.

At 9.30am on Sun­day the fire ser­vice was pre­par­ing for a weekly meet­ing when it was called to the Whale Watch build­ing. Staff were con­cerned by a strong smell of smoke in the foyer.

Upon in­ves­ti­ga­tion it ap­peared the smoke was from a vat of cook­ing oil used on the premises.

The fire ser­vice was also called to a med­i­cal emer­gency in Mar­gate St shortly after mid­night on Satur­day night.

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