Fire crews from Tirau and Putaruru were called to a wool shed fire on Paparamu Rd, west of Tirau. A second alarm went out, calling in extra crews from Matamata and another crew from Putaruru. The wool shed was a total loss.
Matamata crews dealt with a truck fire at Te Poi. Crews were called to the blaze on SH 29 between McNab and Watson Rds at 3.55am. Flames were coming from the truck but the driver was out. Matamata fire chief Kevin Curtis said the truck was picked up by a wrecker and towed from the scene. He said it started to smoke again after it was picked up by the wrecker, so they went and extinguished it. He didn’t know what caused the truck fire. A Matamata fire crew also attended a medical call out for a cardiac arrest.
Matamata fire crew responded to a car acci- dent after two cars collided. Two cars, a Toyota and a Mazda, were involved in the crash on the corner of SH 27 and 29 between Matamata and Tirau at 9.20am. The woman, the driver and sole occupant of one car, was flown to Waikato Hospital by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, in a critical condition. The man, the sole occupant of the other car, was trapped and had to be freed by firefighters at the scene. He was treated at the scene for minor injuries by St John Ambulance.
A Matamata fire crew assisted with traffic after a bike and a car collided on the Kaimai summit. There was no major injures.