Lower Hutt: House Fire in central Hutt

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

Lower Hutt: Flare causes house fire – Can you help Police.

Police are investigating after a Lower Hutt house was set on fire when an emergency flare landed on its roof last night.

The flare, thought to have come from Naenae, landed on the house’s conservatory roof and burned its way through, igniting the interior. The house sustained moderate damage.

Witnesses were asked to contact Lower Hutt Police on (04) 560 2600.

Petone: Dead fish on beach warning to public

The Dominion Post has reported that a woman walking on Petone beach yesterday with her dog found several dead fish. this caused here concern in light of recent press. The fish found were Porcupine fish and a Te Papa expert explains the fish variety here

This together with recent issues in Auckland over dead fish finds and the death of  four dogs, and the possible explaination shows it would pay to err on caution around the area. 

Equally it is timely reminder to be aware of restrictions and advice from the Greater Wellington Regional Council of known areas of concern around waterways. Recently 1080 posion has been dropped in Kaitoke Regional Park area with warnings for dogs and along the Hutt River if flooding should occur.

No doubt the test result will show the cause of the problem and whether it is connected to the Auckland issue of tetrodotoxin.

In the meantime it would pay to avoid the Petone foreshore with your young children and pets until the all clear is given.

Upper Hutt: Missing 84yr old man found

The 84-year-old man missing in the Upper Hutt suburb of Trentham has returned home safe and well.

 Police had just begun widening the search for the man who went for a walk Sunday night at 9 o’clock thinking it was morning and failed to return. There were concerns he may have become confused.

Searchers scoured the area overnight on foot, bicycle and by car. The man was fairly fit and had carried out a 10 kilometre walk last week, so rescuers believed he could have wandered quite a distance.

 The man returned home this morning.