Story: Fires and fire services

Tamahere cool store fire

Tamahere cool store fire

Flames leap from a huge cool store at Tamahere, near Hamilton, in 2008. The fire started when propane gas used as a refrigerant was ignited by electricity and exploded. Eight firefighters who were investigating a smoke alarm were caught in the blast. Six were seriously injured and one, Derek Lovell, died. The incidence of chemical fires increased from the 1970s as industry diversified.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Fires and fire services - Causes of fires', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/21861/tamahere-cool-store-fire (accessed 19 June 2024)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 11 Mar 2010