Suspicious fire at Southshore spit

Last updated 19:00 01/08/2014
Southshore Spit fire
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FIRE: The blaze at Southshore Spit was considered suspicious.

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Fire officers were called to a suspicious fire at Southshore spit at about 5pm this evening.

It was extinguished by 6.10pm but fire officers were still dampening down hot spots, fire officer Andrew Norris said.

The fire extended over about 100 square metres of scrub and tussock at the end of the spit. 

Two 4WD vehicles were needed to help officers get access to the fire, as it was a long way from the road.

Two fire trucks also attended the event.

The nearest homes were 400 metres away from the fire.

Norris said it was not clear what had caused the fire but police would be notified. 

He said the fire service had attended suspicious fires at the same site in the past. 

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