Derelict house out of trou­ble’s way

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

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.

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