Wainuiomata: Youths detained as result of arson attempt

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.

Wainuiomata: Fire at Primary School

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.

via TVNZ

Lower Hutt: Fire evacuation at Queensgate

A small fire occurred at Westfields Queensgate  today.

The fire began near the foodcourt just before four this afternoon and the entire mall was evacuated, as a safety measure.

Westfield’s spokeswoman Bev McGee says the fire was put out as the mall was being evacuated as standard practice and management is now investigating the cause of the fire.

Ms McGee says there were no injuries and no damage to the surrounding area.

via Newstalk ZB

Upper Hutt: Fire seriously damages Auto Repair Shop

Fire appliances and emergency services attended a serious fire at Kiwi Race Cars an automotive Repair Workshop in Goodshed Road Maidstone Upper Hutt around lunchtime. Damage to the race car workshop was extensive. The workshop was divided into two areas, the section in which the fire started was seriously damaged along with two vintage cars. The other area containing several cars suffered light damage.

For more details checkout details and photos, click here courtesy of Hutt Valley Fire Police Unit who attended.

Wainuiomata: Baby flown to hospital

A six-month-old boy has been flown to Wellington Hospital after suffering an allergic reaction to his milk formula.

The Wellington-based Westpac Rescue Helicopter was called to the boy’s home in Wainuiomata just after 10am.

The fire service established a landing area for the helicopter and the child was transported to hospital with his mother.

Via Newstalk ZB

Lower Hutt: Gas leak in Hutt Road

Three people have been treated after inhaling a poisonous gas in Lower Hutt.

The XL Corporation building in Hutt Park Rd had been cordoned off after a chemical spill.

Three fire engines attended the incident, along with ambulance staff who treated the people at the scene.

Fire Brigade staff contained the spill and area is now open to traffic.