Fire costs still under review

A fire in the Marlborough Sounds that cost $100,000 to put out is still under review by the National Rural Fire Authority.

The fire, on December 21 at Flagg Bay in Port Underwood, destroyed a bach and five outbuildings. More than 60 firefighters and support staff helped put out the fire.

Marlborough Kaikoura principal rural fire officer Richard McNamara said an investigation found a tree felled onto a power line started the blaze. The cost of fighting the fire had been referred to the National Rural Fire Authority, which would decide whether to take action to recover the costs, McNamara said.

"The biggest issue is for the people who lost things. They may or may not have had insurance."

National Rural Fire officer Murray Dudfield said the fire was under review. "We are not yet in a position to make any comment."

The Marlborough Express