Gisborne fire threatened homes

10:06, Jan 14 2014

Firefighters tonight battled a scrub fire which threatened homes on Kaiti Hill in Gisborne.

The alarm was raised about 6.45pm, a Gisborne police spokeswoman said.

Smoke had been visible all over the city, she said.

While the fire was now under control, houses in three streets were evacuated as a precaution and some properties had been threatened.

Four helicopters were also called in to fight the fire, which was near a beach.

The cause of the fire was not yet known.

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