Ve­hi­cle over hy­drant hin­ders fire­fight­ers

Nelson Mail - - News -

A ve­hi­cle parked over a fire hy­drant could have turned a Nel­son house fire into some­thing much more se­ri­ous. When fire crews ar­rived at the blaze in Wash­ing­ton Val­ley early yes­ter­day morn­ing, the blocked hy­drant made it dif­fi­cult to get wa­ter to the burn­ing house at the top of a shared drive­way, sta­tion of­fi­cer Craig Davies said. He said a call about the fire was re­ceived about 2am, but it was made to the Nel­son Fire Sta­tion in­stead of 111. Davies said the house was be­ing ren­o­vated, so no-one was home. The fire started in the ceil­ing, caus­ing a lot of smoke dam­age and wreck­ing 40 per cent of the house. In­ves­ti­ga­tors were look­ing into the cause, but it was ‘‘noth­ing sus­pi­cious’’, Davies said.

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