Arson suspected in Matapihi fire

The view of the Matapihi scrub fire from town last Tuesday. Photo: Chris Taylor.

A fire that tore through a homeless person's shelter at Matapihi near the railway tracks last week is believed to have been deliberately lit.

Fire and Emergency NZ fire safety officer John Rewi confirmed to SunLive today that the fire is being treated as suspicious.

Trains were stopped for more than two hours last Tuesday while firefighters dealt with the fire, which spread to scrub near the railway tracks.

Someone had set up several tents at the camp site, but there is no indication if there was anyone at ‘home' when the fire started, says John today.

All three tents burned.

Asked if it was deliberately lit John says: “It certainly looks like it. Fires just don't start on their own, and there was nobody else there. It would appear so.”



0 Comments

There are no comments on this article.

Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to make a comment. Login Now
Opinion Poll

Is SH2, between Katikati and Tauranga, a dangerous stretch of road?

Yes, there are too many cars on it and it’s not designed to handle that sort of traffic volume.
No, people just need to slow down and pay attention to their driving.

VOTE
VIEW RESULTS
Bay Today


Supermoon from Dive Cresent, 8pm last Sunday evening. Photo: Sally Garner.

Send us your photos from around the Bay of Plenty. kendra@thesun.co.nz