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Fire training proves worth
By GARY MOODY
YOUNG HERO: John Christey and Elaine Cairns-Newton with the melted bin.
OXFORD'S ELAINE Cairns-
Newton is praising the quick
thinking actions of her 12-year-old
John Christey grabbed a hose
and put out a fire in a wheelie bin
last week which she said could eas-
ily have spread to nearby stacked
firewood and dry trees.
If John had not got there when
he did I don't know how bad it
would have got,'' Mrs Cairns-
The wheelie bin was next to the
garage which is attached to her
She had put ash in from the fire
the night before and went inside to
do some cleaning before dinner.
She noticed her dog, which was
inside, had become agitated and
not long after that heard a knock
on the door.
It was John who asked if if she
knew her rubbish bin was on fire.
I didn't get a chance to answer
him -- he was off back down the
path, got the hose and was dealing
with it,'' she said.
Fireman John had it under con-
It was a lucky escape, she said.
I think he deserves to receive
the credit his good deed is due.''
John said he used the skills he
had learned about fire safety at his
Oxford Iconz scout group.
He said if Mrs Cairns-Newton
was not home he would have just
put out the fire and left a note.
Missing men 'experienced, sensible'
By CATE BROUGHTON
THREE HUNTERS were still miss-
ing when the Northern Outlook went
to print yesterday afternoon.
A father in his 50s, his son, 21 and
son-in-law, 21 -- from Christchurch
and Oxford -- left for a weekend of
hunting in the Puketeraki forest on
Friday, due to return by 3pm on
Family notified police when the
men failed to return.
Police officer in charge, Senior
Constable Paul Beaver said a heli-
copter would be sent out to search for
them if they had not returned by
3pm yesterday and if the weather
Cloud would prevent a helicopter
locating the party Mr Beaver said.
The area they were meant to be
was at 1300m elevation and if it's
cloudy they can't get low enough to
If a helicopter search was ruled
out due to weather, search and res-
cue personnel would be sent in by
The Youngman hut was a five
hour walk in from where the car was
Rangiora police had located their
vehicle in the Lees Valley at 9pm on
Monday night with assistance from
They are experienced, sensible
people and I believe they have made
a sound decision not to cross the
Ashley River and to stay in the
Youngman hut, instead,'' Sergeant
Colin Stewart said.
The forecast yesterday was for
snow to continue until last night.
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