Derelict house out of trouble’s way
Fire callouts to an abandoned house have been extinguished with its demolition.
Tokoroa firefighters sighed with relief as the Elizabeth Dr house was torn down.
A dangerous building notice was issued for the house by the South Waikato District Council early last month and it was finally ripped down last week.
It cost ratepayers $5400 to rip it down but the charge will now go against the property.
The house was notorious for arson attacks, with the Tokoroa fire brigade attending 11 callouts in 14 months.
Chief fire officer Dave Morris said his crew were ‘‘rapt’’ and he was not surprised it happened so quickly.
‘‘I’m pleased that the council has taken prompt action to condemn and remove the house,’’ he said.
Though the callouts to the house became an issue for the firefighters, it also posed a danger, he said. ‘‘It was posing a risk every time we went there.’’
Morris said the fires would alter the structure of the house every time and it was also a danger to the public in many ways.
‘‘If the council hadn’t pulled it down, a strong wind could have blown it down or the iron roof could have blown off and hurt someone or killed them,’’ he said.
Going down: The Elizabeth Dr house came down after a dangerous building notice was issued.
Last pieces: Tokoroa chief fire officer Dave Morris is relieved the Elizabeth Dr house is gone.