Lower Hutt: House Fire Cornwall Street Update

From Police website

Lower Hutt

 

Lower Hutt Residents Evacuated From Inferno

Part of a Lower Hutt residential street remains cordoned off today while Fire and Police investigators attempt to determine the cause of a large blaze that has destroyed or extensively damaged 6 addresses.

An unoccupied address under construction in Cornwall Street was discovered well alight by a passing Police patrol at about 1.30 am this morning.

Numerous fire appliances struggled to contain the fire that was fanned by strong and blusterous winds. Before the fire was controlled 4 neighbouring addresses were extensively damaged with others suffering smoke damage.

Detective Sergeant Mike Sears of the Lower Hutt CIB said “This was an incredibly dangerous situation. Emergency staff, assisted by members of the public, did an outstanding job evacuating all those exposed to risk despite the obvious risks to their own safety. It is amazing that no-one was physically harmed.”

Given the extent of the damage it will take some time before we are in a position to determine the cause of the fire. At this stage we are simply not in a position to say if it was deliberately lit or not.

Despite this we urgently need to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time, regardless of whether they think they saw anything suspicious or not.” Please call the Lower Hutt Police on 5602600.

Mike Sears
Detective Sergeant
Lower Hutt CIB

 

Full photos and article courtesy of  Hutt Valley Fire Police Unit from the night of the incident.

2 thoughts on “Lower Hutt: House Fire Cornwall Street Update

  1. My great auntie lived in this house for ages, but she moved to a rest home in Auckland 2 years ago and the house was sold to Gee & Hickton Funeral Directors. They were turning it into a family home though, and now it is destroyed by fire. I have photos of inside and outside the house from 2 years ago if anyone wants to see them or contact me about them: siand1992@yahoo.com

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