Sus­pi­cious fires on the in­crease

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

In the past month South Waikato has had triple the num­ber of sus­pi­cious fires it usu­ally has but fire authorities say res­i­dents have noth­ing to fear.

The district notched up one sus­pi­cious fire a year over the past three years but a re­cent run of blazes, in­clud­ing one which left Whaka­maru’s Gaso­line Al­ley Ser­vices petrol sta­tion de­stroyed, has pushed this year’s to­tal to three, all within re­cent weeks.

Other fires were in Toko­roa when ac­cel­er­ant was poured into the bath­room of a Glen­corse St house on July 11 while an un­oc­cu­pied house was also de­lib­er­ately torched last week.

Acting Toko­roa fire chief Dave Morris said his com­mu­nity should not worry about the num­ber of re­cent sus­pi­cious fires.

‘‘I would say it’s co­in­ci­den­tal. If we had a se­rial ar­son­ist we would know about it,’’ Mr Morris said.

The num­ber of brigade call­outs for the district was up to 167 com­pared with 147 last year.

For­mer fire chief Ian Wellings, now South Waikato’s prin­ci­pal ru­ral fire of­fi­cer, had no­ticed an in­crease in the num­ber of sus­pi­cious fires but agreed they weren’t linked.

‘‘We seem to have a run in Toko­roa and then it stops.’’

CAUSE UN­KNOWN: The cause of the fire at Whaka­maru’s Gaso­line Al­ley is still un­known.

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