Fire could have turned to tragedy

Last updated 09:38 27/05/2013
Andre Simpson
CRAIG SIMCOX/Fairfax NZ
LUCKY ESCAPE: Mt Victoria resident Andre Simpson woke early this morning to the smell of smoke in his flat.

Relevant offers

Wellington

Legal high district mooted for Wellington Tsunami lines for eastern suburbs Quake risk building's $1m upgrade Police 'shudder' at vulnerable women after night out Tim Brown's many hats Cheaper Zealandia admission drawing flocks of people Historic army store could be demolished Vege markets in trouble due to no lease Wellington pizza store robbed at gunpoint 'Groundbreaking' programme to fold

A fire that started in the wall of a house in central Wellington could have easily turned to tragedy for the four people inside.

It was just luck that Andre Simpson woke about 6am today to the smell of acrid smoke coming up the stairs of his Mt Victoria flat.

With his girlfriend and two flatmates asleep he walked to the stairwell to see smoke coming through the wall and thick smoke through the downstairs.

It appeared a water pipe had burst, flooding the floor and starting an electrical fire inside the wall, he said.

''I felt the wall and there was heat coming from inside.''

Outside, he could see flames coming through the weather boards.

He woke his flatmates and called the fire service, who cut holes in the wall to put the fire out before it spread.

''It would have just gone up, straight up the next level and into the roof,'' Mr Simpson said.

Fire fighters told him it was a ''tinder-dry'' building that could have easily burnt down.

With only one stairway down, which went right past the starting point of the fire, those asleep upstairs would have had to jump from windows if the blaze took hold.

Ad Feedback

- The Dominion Post

Special offers
Opinion poll

What should happen with the Zephyrometer?

Build a new one just like the old one

Replace it with something completely new

Leave it as it is!

Clear the space - not a good place for a sculpture

Vote Result

Related story: Wind wand's future up in the air

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content