Spec­tac­u­lar fire

The Northland Age - - Local News -

A boat has gone up in flames while it was be­ing towed on SH11 near Opua cre­at­ing a col­umn of smoke vis­i­ble for many kilo­me­tres. Pai­hia deputy fire chief San­dro Schuetze said the driver saw flames be­hind him and other mo­torists try­ing to flag him down, so he pulled into a park­ing bay op­po­site Pine Lodge and man­aged to un­hook the boat trailer just in time to stop the fire spread­ing to his ve­hi­cle. There was noth­ing he could do but watch the fi­bre­glass boat burn while he waited for the fire bri­gade. The cause of the fire, about 3pm on Mon­day was un­known. Wit­nesses spoke of huge flames leap­ing in the air and a col­umn of black smoke that could be seen from Rus­sell.

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