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News in briefs, April 9, 2024

Multiple fires

    A fire crew from the Carterton Fire Station were called to a property in Carterton at 6pm on Saturday following reports of a chimney fire. Upon arrival, crews found that the fire was mostly out, except for a smoldering empty bird’s nest inside, which self-extinguished without needing intervention. Fire and Emergency New Zealand want to remind people that as winter arrives and fireplaces are used more, people need to ensure they get their chimneys swept.

    A fire crew from Masterton Fire Station responded to reports of smoke in the Ōpaki area at 6pm on Sunday. Firefighters found a small rubbish fire in a paddock, which they extinguished easily.

    A fire crew from Masterton Fire Station responded to a skip bin on fire in Masterton at 11pm on Sunday. Upon arrival, firefighters extinguished the fire but also conducted further checks because a building was close to the skip. The building was eventually deemed safe.

    A fire crew from Masterton Fire Station responded to a call about an incinerator fire at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday in Waingawa. Upon arrival, crews found that the fire was under control.

    A fire crew from Featherston station responded to reports of a backyard fire in Featherston at 9.20pm on Saturday. Upon arrival, the fire was found to be under control, and it was left to the occupants of the property to put it out.

Car crash

Police responded to a report of a single-vehicle crash on SH2, Tararua Forest Park, where a van had rolled at about 4.20pm on Sunday. The eastbound lane was reported to be blocked and was subsequently cleared around 6.40pm. The sole occupant was assessed for minor injuries.

Burnout call

Police responded to reports of a vehicle doing burnouts on Memorial Drive at about 1.30pm on Sunday. Police were unable to find the vehicle at the time.

Have your say

Masterton District Council’s [MDC] communications team have been out and about putting up posters encouraging people to have their say in the 2024 to 2034 long-term plan consultation process. MDC is calling on the public to express their opinions.

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