Story: Fires and fire services

Investigating arson

Investigating arson

Consulting electrical engineer Marcel Dewerse investigates a suspicious fire in a burnt-out classroom at Mangawhau School, Auckland, in 2005. Arson is the cause of around 40% of fires, and public buildings such as schools are often targeted.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Fires and fire services - Causes of fires', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 December 2023)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 11 Mar 2010