Fire at RSE work­ers’ house

Marlborough Midweek - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - JEF­FREY KITT

Sea­sonal work­ers ran back into their burn­ing home to re­trieve pass­ports and lug­gage af­ter a fire broke out on Thurs­day night.

Fire­fight­ers bat­tled a blaze in the home of Recog­nised Sea­sonal Em­ployer (RSE) work­ers in the small town of Sed­don in Marl­bor­ough about 10pm on Thurs­day.

Sed­don Vol­un­teer Fire Brigade se­nior sta­tion of­fi­cer Re­becca Stevens could not say how many peo­ple were in­side the Ren­wick St home when the fire started in the roof.

The work­ers evac­u­ated out­side but some re­turned to re­trieve their pos­ses­sions, she said.

‘‘It’s a bad idea to go back in­side when there is a ceil­ing fire be­cause it can col­lapse,’’ she said.

‘‘But I un­der­stand, that would have been their whole life in there.’’

Stevens said the likely cause of the fire was be­cause the flue of the chim­ney was rest­ing against cor­ru­gated iron. She be­lieved the iron heated up and set fire to the wooden frame of the home.

Smoke bil­lowed from the eaves but the fire was con­tained to the roof, she said.

Vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers from Ward

‘‘It’s a bad idea to go back in­side when there is a ceil­ing fire be­cause it can col­lapse.’’

and Blen­heim were also at the scene.

Blen­heim fire­fight­ers used a ther­mal im­agery cam­era to en­sure the fire was com­pletely ex­tin­guished, Stevens said.

‘‘It paid to get them out there and make sure we got all the hotspots.’’

No-one was in­jured in the in­ci­dent.

The Sed­don brigade pro­vided in­for­ma­tion ses­sions to RSE work­ers and their em­ploy­ers to teach fire safety.

None­the­less, Thurs­day’s emer­gency had caught the work­ers of­f­guard, Stevens said.

‘‘It was a bit of a shock for them,’’ she said.

There were smoke alarms in the home but they did not ac­ti­vate as the fire was con­tained to the roof space, Stevens said.

Stevens had clear ad­vice for any­one in a fire emer­gency: ‘‘If there’s any sign of fire, ring 111 and get out.’’

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