Chil­dren may have started fire

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯RONGORONGO -

Fire

Sus­pi­cious fire

Chil­dren play­ing with matches may have caused a fire which took fire­fight­ers over an hour to di­min­ish.

The Toko­roa Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade was called out to a fire on South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil owned prop­erty near the air­port.

‘‘ It ap­pears it may have been lit by chil­dren . . . some lady saw them play­ing with matches,’’ chief fire of­fi­cer Dave Mor­ris said.

He said fire­fight­ers spent an hour and a half se­cur­ing the ap­prox­i­mately 40 by 20-me­tre sec­tion of scrub.

Fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions will take place. To­tal fire ban en­forced

Res­i­dents have been made aware of a to­tal fire ban thanks to a per­sonal visit from the dis­trict’s vol­un­teer fire brigades.

Mor­ris said the Toko­roa bri­gade at­tended two call­outs to put out back­yard rub­bish fires.

Luck­ily for fire­fight­ers there was no fuss, he said.

‘‘Most of the time they are as good as gold, there’s no ar­gu­ing.’’

He said there is no fine un­less peo­ple per­sist on light­ing fires.

Once the fire ban is lifted, res­i­dents need to get a per­mit

from the coun­cil. Car crashes into fence A car ‘‘ shot off’’ the road and plunged into a fence but re­sulted in only ‘‘mi­nor’’ dam­age. Pu­taruru chief fire of­fi­cer Nathan Ben­netto said the bri­gade at­tended the call with the Ti­rau Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade. The ac­ci­dent, which oc­curred on the north side of Ti­rau in­volved a cou­ple who suf­fered mi­nor in­juries, he said.

Po­lice

Some driv­ers have not been fol­low­ing the ad­vised 30kmh speed limit around road works in Pu­taruru.

Pu­taruru Po­lice have re­ceived re­ports of peo­ple ex­ceed­ing the speed limit while trav­el­ling through the road works at the north end of the town.

Po­lice would like to re­mind driv­ers to be cau­tious in this area.

Road works are ex­pected to be com­pleted in March.

BURNT SCRUB: The Toko­roa Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade ex­tin­guished a scrub fire near the Toko­roa Air­port which burnt a sec­tion of the bush.

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