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Our weekly Flash­back story is con­sis­tently pop­u­lar, to judge by the re­sponse we get to our Face­book post­ings.

This week’s story, about the spec­tac­u­lar Whi­tireia Park fire in 2010, rekin­dled the mem­o­ries of peo­ple who watched de­vel­op­ments and res­i­dents of Gloam­ing Hill who were evac­u­ated, or threat­ened with evac­u­a­tion.

It is of­ten said the 2010 fire, which a 14-year-old boy was charged with start­ing, was the big­gest fire in Porirua his­tory. Cer­tainly if there has been a big­ger one, it must have been a long time ago.

The fire did more than $500,000 of dam­age and burnt off about 30 hectares of plant life, which took years to re­cover.

One of the im­pres­sive as­pects of the fire was the mag­nif­i­cent work of the six fire crews who at­tended, and the ded­i­cated as­sis­tance of Red Cross and Welling­ton Free Am­bu­lance mem­bers.

For the full story of that nev­erto-be-for­got­ten time, see page 20.

Joseph Ro­manos

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