Otago Daily Times

Unat­tended fire spread to cars


- ABBEY PALMER abbey.palmer@odt.co.nz Fires · Disasters · Incidents · New Zealand · Invercargill

A COM­BI­NA­TION of wind and burn­ing rub­bish left unat­tended was likely the cause of a fire which ripped through four cars at an In­ver­cargill re­pair busi­ness.

Fire and Emer­gency New Zealand was called to In­ver­cargill Trac­tor Ser­vic­ing and Re­pairs in Otatara Rd about 12.30pm on Thurs­day af­ter a man, who had gone to pick up his re­paired trac­tor, found four ve­hi­cles en­gulfed in flames and called 111.

Two fire ap­pli­ances and a wa­ter tanker were sent from the In­ver­cargill and Kingswell sta­tions.

The owner of the busi­ness, who wished to re­main anony­mous, said it was ‘‘no big­gie’’ as the cars, which were writ­ten off, had been sit­ting in the yard for a long time and were not func­tional.

‘‘I wasn’t im­pressed, but no­one was hurt and there was no real dam­age done.’’

No­body was at the prop­erty at the time. In­ver­cargill fire in­ves­ti­ga­tor Mur­ray Mil­neMaresca said it was likely a re­sult of a drum full of burn­ing rub­bish be­ing left unat­tended in the yard and the wind pick­ing up.

It was lucky the fire did not spread to the build­ing or sur­round­ing struc­tures, he said.

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