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‘No justice’ over arson

A Queenstown mum-of-two says she can "finally move on with life" after the man who tried to burn her house down was sentenced to prison. But Mel Cocker still feels like there's "no justice" in our justice system. Blocklayer Dillan Wilson,...
Firefighters are attending a controlled burn-off near Queenstown Airport due to fears smoke could disrupt flights. Southern Fire Communications shift manager Daryl Ball said the fire service had been notified of the Kingston Rd burn-off, near the Remarkables Ski Field...

Firefighting service celebrated

He's battled countless blazes, attended plane crashes and car smashes, but after 25 years Lee-Roy Mullings still loves working alongside his firefighting mates. The 49-year-old Arrowtowner was last week presented with a medal acknowledging quarter-of-a-century of volunteering with the town's...
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...
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