Story: Fires and fire services

Tamahere cool store fire

Tamahere cool store fire

Flames leap from a huge cool store at Tamahere, outside 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 such as this one has increased since the 1970s, as industry has diversified.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Fires and fire services - Causes of fires', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 11 December 2023)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 11 Mar 2010