firefighters NZ

Firefighters busy through night

04 December 2004
published by http://tvnz.co.nz 


Dec 4, 2004

About 40 firefighters have worked through the night to contain a major forest fire south of Nelson.

The blaze at Wairoa Gorge has destroyed up to 150 hectares of pine forest. 

Fire crews have spent the night preparing a firebreak and dampening down hotspots, but there are fears strong winds could cause the blaze to flare up again. 

In West Auckland, more than 50 firefighters battled a blaze which gutted a workshop in Scenic Drive. Explosions, thought to have been caused by gas cylinders, hampered efforts to control the fire. 

A bomb threat at a house fire forced the closure of State Highway One and the main trunk railway line around Ngaruawahia in North Waikato overnight. 

And investigations are underway into a fire which damaged a building at Brentwood School in Upper Hutt. 


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