Fire causes extensive damage

20:05, May 22 2014
bob's cove fire
RED ZONE: Firefighters at the scene of the "red-zone" house fire just outside Queenstown.

Fire investigators have checked out a blaze that caused extensive damage to a Bob's Cove house on Wednesday night.

Yesterday, Central Fire Communications shift manager Mike Wanoa said the investigation team would probably take several hours to pinpoint the cause of the fire, and would not be able to comment on it until its report was complete.

Firefighters had to call in a water tanker as they fought the fire, which happened about 10pm and appeared to have originated in the laundry of the Fishermans Lane house.

No-one was injured and the fire was not thought to be suspicious. Three fire engines from Queenstown, a water tanker from Glenorchy and a Frankton-based crew were called to the blaze.

The house is in Queenstown's "red zone" - a high-risk fire area that requires a larger-than-usual response from emergency services.

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