Three young people will be referred to Police Youth Aid after a second small fire was discovered at a school in Wainuiomata on Saturday.
The fire was started in a pile of wood at St Claudine Thevenet School, but did not take hold, said Police.
Earlier in the day, a classroom at Pukeatua Primary School, also in Wainuiomata, was destroyed by fire which police are treating as arson.
However, they do not believe the two fires are linked and have made no arrests in connection with the Pukeatua fire.
Police are investigating a suspicious fire at a Wainuiomata primary school.
Emergency services were called to the blaze at Pukeatua Primary School in Wainuiomata about 4pm Saturday, Detective Sergeant Scott Cooper, of Lower Hutt police, said.
Fire crews arrived to find the outside decking and one of the classrooms fully engulfed in flames.
The fire was brought under control before it could spread to other areas of the school, Cooper said.
Fire investigators and police said the blaze appeared to be deliberately lit.
Last Thursday night a Stokes Valley kohanga reo (Maori language school) was been badly damaged in what police say is a suspicious fire.
Lower Hutt CIB said today they wanted to hear from anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area at the time.
Photos and other details here courtesy of Hutt ValleyFire Police Unit.
From Police website
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.
Lower Hutt CIB
Full photos and article courtesy of Hutt Valley Fire Police Unit from the night of the incident.
There was a large fire in the early morning at a house in central Lower Hutt.
The house where the fire started was completely destroyed and six neighbouring houses were damaged.
At this stage the fire is being treated as suspicious.
Full photos and article courtesy of Hutt Valley Fire Police Unit