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Hazard housing

A regional fire boss warns that overcrowded Queenstown rental houses pose a severe fire risk, especially at this time of year. Steve Jones, Fire and Emergency NZ's assistant area manager, says hazards arise from overloaded electrical systems, ad hoc cooking...
A fire in a sleepout in central Queenstown has been extinguished. Firefighters were called to a ''well involved'' house fire on Suburb Street, just outside of the CBD, at 7.36am. A Fire and Emergency NZ spokeswoman said the fire turned out...
A volunteer firefighter who deals with some of the district's deadliest crashes is calling for tougher penalties for dangerous drivers. Athol and Garston chief fire officer Rob Durling is responsible for one of the district's most dangerous stretches of highway. His...
Having escaped a frightening fire that destroyed her car, Queenstown florist Victoria Lund is convinced she's used up one of her lives. She and her children Jemima, 12, and Arthur, 10, were about halfway to Dunedin last Saturday when a...

‘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...
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