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A Mountain Scene paperboy leapt into action on his weekly round to save an elderly Frankton resident's house. Remarkables Primary School pupil Jack Smillie helped stop 92-year-old Mavora MacKenzie's home becoming severely damaged after the latch on her diesel burner...

Forecourt fire

A blip at the petrol pumps may have caused a blaze at a Queenstown car dealership yesterday. Frankton fireys were called to GWD Motors in Lucas Place shortly after noon, where a Toyota Highlander was on fire on the forecourt. Dealership...
Members of the last two families to live in the historic Mount Aurum Homestead at Skippers are devastated by its loss in a fire on New Year's Day. The homestead, which was occupied by runholders of the former Mount Aurum...

Back from the ashes

Three years after his Queenstown houses burned to the ground, Iain Ballantyne still feels sick to the stomach. The Scotsman, 63, was working in Australia when his neighbouring Fernhill properties were engulfed in a ferocious fire after a tenant left...
Imagine fighting a fire bigger than Stewart Island - and it is just one of 207 wildfires burning across a vast, charred landscape. That is what a group of five Otago firefighters have just been facing in Canada. Glenorchy firefighters Will...
In pain and bleeding, Queenstowner Dan Turner dragged himself out of his crashed ute and carried the tourist who had just hit him head-on away from her burning car. The 32-year-old, who was seriously injured in yesterday's early-morning crash, says...
Massage oil residue on towels is the likely cause of a laundry room fire that resulted in the evacuation of two Queenstown bars and an apartment block. The Queenstown Volunteer Fire Brigade responded to an alarm activation at 1 Athol...

Heartbreak over tragedy

Friends have paid tribute to a proud and devoted family man tragically killed in an accident earlier this week. Phillip Anderson (Andy) Loving, 63, died on Monday when he was pinned by a truck while working on a property at...
Emergency services staff who responded to a fatal worksite incident near Queenstown on Monday were faced with "unique" circumstances as they worked to save the life of a second man, a senior firefighter says. Phillip Anderson (Andy) Loving, 63, an...
A man is dead and another is in a critical condition at Dunedin Hospital after an incident involving a truck near Queenstown yesterday. Emergency services were called to a property at the Closeburn Station subdivision, just before 4pm, when they...
A fire in a Queenstown forest on Saturday was "within minutes" of becoming a major blaze threatening a luxurious lodge. The fire started at 2pm near Matakauri Lodge, off Glenorchy-Queenstown Rd, after hot ashes were placed on a rubbish heap. The five-star...

Who started it?

This aerial shot shows the aftermath of Tuesday's raging scrub fire on the Queenstown-Glenorchy Road. Eight choppers and 50 firefighters from across the region tackled the blaze, which left Head of the Lake residents stranded and without power. It is likely to...
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