Sis­ters, aunt call 111, push car away from fire

Waipa Post - - Front Page -

Two quick-think­ing sis­ters and their aunty have emerged as the he­roes of a fire that gut­ted a garage on Te Ma¯ whai Rd.

Sis­ters Ngaire Hughes and Trina New­ton came across the fire at about 1pm on Fri­day.

Trina con­tacted emer­gency ser­vices while Ngaire and her aunty, Glo­ria Re­witi, checked the house for oc­cu­pants and pushed a car to safety.

“The car was parked close to the shed and the bon­net was heat­ing up,” Ngaire says.

“Luck­ily the car was un­locked and we could jump in and take the hand­brake off to push it away.”

Fire­fight­ers from Te Awa­mutu and O¯ toro­hanga ar­rived in­time to stop the fire spread­ing from the de­tached garage to the house. The fire dam­aged the house gut­ters and broke win­dows be­fore it was ex­tin­guished. The fire was not be­ing treated as sus­pi­cious.

Photo / Bethany Rol­ston

Fire­fight­ers from Te Awa­mutu and Otoro­hanga ¯ ar­rived at the scene in-time to stop the fire spread­ing from the de­tached garage to the house.

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