Re­serve fire sus­pi­cious

North Shore Times - - OUT & ABOUT - ZIZI SPARKS

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a sus­pi­cious fire which was put out us­ing wa­ter from a nearby creek.

Fire­fight­ers from both Devon­port Fire Sta­tion and Taka­puna Fire Sta­tion were called to a small scrub fire in North­boro Re­serve in Bel­mont on the af­ter­noon of Novem­ber 13.

Devon­port Fire Sta­tion sta­tion of­fi­cer John Elling­ton said they had been called to the fire and roughly 30 square me­tres of pine nee­dles and scrub had been burned.

‘‘We’re not sure of the cause of ig­ni­tion but we’re treat­ing it as sus­pi­cious as a teenager was seen in the area shortly be­fore the fire and there’s no ob­vi­ous ig­ni­tion,’’ Elling­ton said.

He said there had been a his­tory of sus­pi­cious fires in North­boro Re­serve.

Crews used a portable pump to ex­tin­guish the fire, pump­ing wa­ter from a nearby creek up to the scrub fire.

Elling­ton said po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent.

A wit­ness, who did not want to be named, had seen the smoke com­ing from the re­serve while walk­ing her dog.

‘‘You could see lots of lit­tle flames all around the ground, At one point, it went ‘whoosh’.’’

She said an­other walker had called the fire ser­vice and it had been dif­fi­cult for the crews to find be­cause the re­serve has many ac­cess­points.

Po­lice were also called to the bush fire and were ask­ing any­one with in­for­ma­tion to con­tact ei­ther Waitem­ata Po­lice on 09 839 0600 or Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555111.

They had ex­hausted lines of en­quiry and were look­ing for more in­for­ma­tion, a spokes­woman said.

ZIZI SPARKS/STUFF

Roughly 30 square me­tres of shrub has been burnt.

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