Suspicious fire at marae
A suspicious fire at Taupiri Marae has left an accommodation wing scorched.
Fire crews were called to the blaze on Kainui Rd about 6.15am on Tuesday, Northern Fire Communications shift manager Daniel Nicholson said.
They arrived to find the exterior of the accommodation block building of the marae on fire.
‘‘When we got here the whole building was full of smoke - coming out the eaves,’’ Ngaruawahia Fire Chief Karl Lapwood said.
Fire crews from Huntly and Ngaruawahia gained control of the blaze before investigating further.
’’A survey of the site showed it was a small fire on the exterior of the building.’’
Lapwood said it appeared someone had deliberately lit a fire on the outside of the marae’s timber and iron accommodation wing.
‘‘It caught hold of the timber and has gone up into the roof.’’
A quick catch by fire crews meant there was minimal damage to the interior of the building, which firefighters ventilated.
Meanwhile smoke alarms saved a family of six who woke at midnight on Monday to find flames engulfing the kitchen of their state house in Hamilton.
At its peak 20 firefighters were involved in containing the blaze and stopping it spreading to neighbouring properties.
The fire tore through the exterior of the accommodation wing at Taupiri Marae.