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Two people treated for injuries after house near Wellington destroyed by ‘tornado of flames’

As the family struggled to escape their burning home next door, Vincent Ahiao was woken by the sound of shouting. It was a man, Ahiao said, screaming for his son to “jump out the window”. Later when Ahiao saw the … Continue reading

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Grinch arsonist suspected in Christmas tree fire at Porirua North City mall

    Police are investigating a suspected arson after a fire at Porirua’s North City shopping centre forced the evacuation of the entire mall on Friday afternoon. It was suspected the fire – in which no one was injured – … Continue reading

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Holiday weekend hell: SH1 closed north of Wellington

Hopes of escaping the capital early for the long weekend have been dashed with State Highway 1 on the Kapiti Coast now not set to re-open before 8pm. The NZTA said due to the dangerous materials spilled, extraction of the … Continue reading

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Summer Fire Safety Story

Summer is coming and its time to get the barbeque out for the traditional Kiwi feast. Its also time to think about summer fire safety. As the sun starts to shine, we also need to be aware of the power … Continue reading

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Unattended cooking possible cause of housing unit fire in Porirua

Unattended cooking could be responsible for a fire that “burnt out” a second-storey housing unit in Porirua. Fire and Emergency Services NZ were called to what started as a kitchen fire in a two-storey block of four, understood to belong to Housing NZ, along … Continue reading

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Neighbours praised for raising alarm about house fire in Porirua

A Porirua family was sitting down to watch Shortland Street, but then they saw smoke pouring out of their neighbour’s garage. “We looked out the window and there was just smoke everywhere,” the neighbour, who asked not to be named, said. He … Continue reading

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House fire in Porirua East has been put out

Two people have been treated for mild smoke inhalation after a house fire in Porirua. Fire crews were called to the Arahura Cres, Waitangirua house shortly before 4pm on Friday. Five fire appliances and an ambulance attended and two people … Continue reading

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Porirua firefighters make history with first female officer in 67 years

Fresh out of firefighter training, Margaret Smith attended the “horrific” callout that would become the worst of her career. She had been a member of Porirua’s Volunteer Fire Brigade for two months when the crew were called to a house fire. … Continue reading

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Fire brigade battle scrub fire near Porirua Station

Firefighters battled a large scrub fire near Porirua Station this morning. Fire Service central communications relieving shift manager Belinda Beets said the Porirua Fire Brigade were sent to 1 Station Road East, near Piggy Packers Rentals at about 10.20am to extinguish … Continue reading

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Homeless man in hospital after fire rips through Porirua bush

A homeless man thought to have been sleeping rough near Porirua is in hospital with serious burns after firefighters found him near death. The 41-year-old man – found around 4.30pm on Thursday near the local shopping mall, north of Wellington … Continue reading

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