Light fitting sparks Ballantynes fire

19:27, Apr 07 2014
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Staff and shoppers are evacuated from Ballantynes in Timaru after a small fire in a light fitting is discovered.
ballantynes fire
Staff and shoppers are evacuated from Ballantynes in Timaru after a small fire in a light fitting is discovered.
ballantynes fire
Staff and shoppers are evacuated from Ballantynes in Timaru after a small fire in a light fitting is discovered.
ballantynes fire
Staff and shoppers are evacuated from Ballantynes in Timaru after a small fire in a light fitting is discovered.
ballantynes fire
Staff and shoppers are evacuated from Ballantynes in Timaru after a small fire in a light fitting is discovered.

Shoppers were evacuated from Timaru department store Ballantynes after a small fire this morning.

Staff extinguished the fire with a fire extinguisher, according to Ballantynes' general manager Sharron Ballantyne.

Ballantyne said the building was evacuated within minutes of the fire being found, adding staff underwent regular fire drills.

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SMALL BLAZE: Firefighters at work at Ballantynes on Stafford St.

Firefighters and police were alerted to the incident about 11.40am, and a cordon was put in place around the shop.

Timaru fire service station officer Trevor Karton confirmed a light fitting was the cause of the fire.

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