Lower Hutt: Second Scrub fire in two weeks

A small fire started in the eastern hills around 5pm today in the area between Naenae and Fairfield the closest houses being around Summit Road. It started near a water reservoir about 1/2 km up the fire break.
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The small fire was quickly contained by emergency services and the fire was out by 6.30pm.

This follows the more substantial fire two weeks ago in Wingate and the large one in Titahi Bay last week.

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Wingate: Scrub Fire

Emergency services arrived at the blaze just after 2.30pm above Pick-A-Part Wingate.

The fire while initially small increased in size as a strong breeze picked up from the south. The Eastern Hutt Road, Peterkin Street and Cambridge Terrace were closed as the fire increased.

Wingate bridge was also closed.

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A helicopter from Helipro and eight fire appliances were at the scene fighting the blaze.

By 7.30pm the fire is still been attended to.

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No houses were being threatened by the flames.

A large crowd watched throughout the afternoon.

Thanks to Megan Leith for Photos

More comprehensive coverage here from Hutt Valley Fire Police Unit

Lower Hutt: Old Waterloo Fire Station what to do?

There has been a lot of talk lately around the disused Fire Station in Waterloo Road and the vandalism occurring.

The back story is that the Fire Station once decommissioned has not ended up in Fire Service hands but is now part of the Office of  Treaty Settlement.

This and more addressed by Dave and Camille Breakfast show yesterday on

90FM Classic Hits including the problem at the old Petone Tech as well.

Both hosts on Twitter Dave and Camille so follow them.

Audio below:

ch90fm David Ogden on Waterloo Road Fire Station

I will post some photos of the dragons round the back via Twitter soon. (lol)

Naenae: Friday Car crash update

The police say the driver of a car that crashed into a house in Naenae on Friday night was just 16 years old and had only a learner’s licence.

Two men were hurt, one seriously, and three passengers fled the scene after their vehicle failed to take a corner and ploughed into a brick house in the suburb of Naenae.

Mary Boyle was alone in the house at the time when she heard tyres screeching, and a huge crash. It felt like an earthquake, she says, but luckily she was unharmed.

She says her granddaughter Caitlin, aged five, sometimes stays in the room where the car hit, but was not there at the time.

The police are waiting for the results of a blood alcohol test before deciding whether to lay charges against the driver.

The house was structurally damaged.

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Naenae: Car crashes into house

Last night around 9.30pm as we reported via Twitter a car crashed into a house on the corner of Naenae Road and Gibson Crescent.

A Toyota Corrolla sedan had lost control (apparently from burnouts) and hit the front of a brick house causing structual damage.

No one in the house was injured. Of the two male passengers, one has suffered moderate injuries while the driver had to be cut out from the car. It is reported that he has serious but not life threatening injuries.

The area around the incident was closed for several hours as the accident was investigated.

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