Firefighters seek medical help

LOUISE BERWICK
Last updated 13:23 18/04/2014

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Five more firefighters have sought medical treatment after fighting one of the largest fires in Southland this week. 

Southland area manager Bruce Stubbs said five more firefighters had been seen by their doctors in the days after the fire, on top of the three who were taken to hospital on the night of toxic fire at the Livestock Supplies building in Gore.

Initially, three firefighters sent to hospital on the night but were released within hours after being treated for smoke inhalation, he said. 

''We just said to them on Monday and Tuesday that if you're not feeling good, go to your GP.''

The building stored minerals for livestock feed and toxic smoke poured out of the building during the Sunday night blaze.

Stubbs said a number of the firefighters were ''not feeling flash'' following the incident and the fire service took a precautionary measure by ensuring they sought medical advice.

He had spoken to the fire chiefs from the responding brigades on Wednesday and none had reported any serious health repercussions for those who attended the fire.

Firecrews from Gore, Pukerau, Mataura, Riversdale, Tapanui and Invercargill battled the blaze.

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