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Residents' lives endangered
Firemen battle to save
THREATENING: This fire in Kaiapoi's Jollie St posed a threat to neighbouring
properties in the teeth of a north-west wind.
CONCERNS FOR community safety
have come to the fore once more in
Kaiapoi, after two fires within days
of each other destroyed two red-
zoned houses, one in Cass St and the
other in Jollie St.
Firefighters from Kaiapoi and
Woodend, in full breathing appar-
atus, battled for more than an hour
to bring an intense blaze under
control at the abandoned property in
Cass St in the early morning of
The house suffered significant
damage, but they managed to save
the neighbouring properties.
Teams from Kaiapoi, Woodend
and Rangiora -- supported by four
rural tankers from Pines Beach and
Brooklands -- were then called to the
second suspected arson, just after
midnight last Sunday morning in
Again, the abandoned house was
badly damaged, with the flames also
threatening occupied properties next
door in the face of a prevailing north-
Kaiapoi senior station officer
Tristan Roberts says the damage to
buildings is one thing, but it's the
potential human cost that is also
These types of fires not only have
the potential to threaten neighbour-
ing buildings, but they also pose a
significant -- and unnecessary -- risk
to life to both residents and firefight-
ers,'' he said.
We would just like to remind
people and residents of the area to be
vigilant and, certainly if they see any
suspicious activity, to report that
through to police.
Obviously, if they see any fires,
they need to dial 111 immediately,''
Mr Roberts said.
Meanwhile, the Fire Service is still
offering support to residents remain-
ing in the Kaiapoi red zone areas.
Measures include free home fire-
safety checks and offering fire safety
Staff are also ensuring that house-
holders have working smoke alarms
installed in their homes.
United colours of choir
SING TOGETHER: Children in one of the massed choir performances during this week's Christchurch Schools' Music
Festival at CBS Arena. A large contingent from North Canterbury schools were among several thousand students from
throughout the Canterbury and West Coast regions performing on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights. The North
Canterbury schools that took part included Amberley, Amuri, Ashgrove, Cheviot Area, Cust, Fernside, Hanmer, North
Loburn, Ohoka, Omihi, Oxford Area, Rangiora New Life, St Josephs Rangiora, Swannanoa, Waikuku, Waipara and West
Vandals rip up
By CATE BROUGHTON
MANAGERS OF a popular public picnic area
at the Ashley Gorge Holiday Camp say dam-
age done to the reserve this week by a 4WD
vehicle was heartbreaking''.
Jan Shelton, who owns the holiday camp
and leases the park from the council, said
her husband Dave saw a small Suzuki 4WD
enter the park about midday on Wednesday.
The vehicle later left the park with large
amounts of mud on the tyres.
When they went over the judder bars they
dropped a large amount of mud off the bot-
tom of their car, and he thought oh my god,
what have they done?''
He took the registration number, and
found the grassed picnic area in the top res-
erve extensively gouged up.
It's heartbreaking because it's just com-
ing into spring, and after you have worked so
hard to get it looking good,'' Mrs Shelton
The couple put the registration number
and photos of the damage on the holiday
park's Facebook page.
The couple reported the incident to the
police, who told Mrs Shelton the vehicle was
still in the name of a car sales company.
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