6000 newspapers go up in flames
If you're in the top of the South Island and haven't got your Sunday Star-Times this morning it is likely because a truck contracted by Fairfax Media has gone up in flames.
Up to the 6000 copies of the newspaper destined for Nelson and the West Coast went up in smoke.
Emergency services were called to reports of a burning tyre on a truck in Mouse Point Rd, North Canterbury about 1.30am today.
Hanmer Springs Volunteer Fire Brigade chief fire officer John Donaldson said the truck was a ball of flame when firefighters arrived.
They could see the truck glowing in the distance up to 4km before they arrived.
A digger had to be brought in to help clean up the smouldering pile of papers, Donaldson said.
No one was injured in the incident, but the driver was ''a bit shaken up''.
The truck was bound for Nelson and the West Coast carrying about 4 tonnes of Sunday Star-Times newspapers, he said.
''There will be a few unhappy readers up there,'' said Donaldson.
Fairfax Media South Island distribution manager Ross Collins apologised to readers in the affected areas who had not received their paper this morning.
He estimated up to 6000 newspapers were destroyed.
''It would be very rare for something like that to go on fire these days.
''It was burnt right down to the chassis.''
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