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Suspicious: House bus fire under investigation

A week after a suspicious blaze ripped through a home on Short St, police and fire investigators are opening another investigation in Masterton.

Fire and Emergency responded to reports of a bus fire on Akura Rd shortly after 7am, on Tuesday.

Masterton Fire Brigade station officer Andy Simpson said the bus was “well involved” upon arrival.

“It was a house bus filled with rubbish. I think it had been there for a long time. There were no batteries in it, and if there was any fuel left in the tank, it didn’t become an issue.”

Simpson said two fire trucks and crews attacked the blaze armed with hoses and BA [breathing apparatus] gear.

“The smoke and chemicals coming from something like that means we always wear BA.”

He said the owner was not at the scene, and it appeared a nearby resident had called 111.

The fire was under control before 8am, with the brigade departing 20 minutes later.

Fire and Emergency said the fire, which occurred on private property, was being treated as suspicious and fire investigators were at the scene on Tuesday.

Police said it appeared no one was in the bus at the time and confirmed inquiries are ongoing.

Fire and Emergency also responded to a suspicious house fire on Short St shortly before midnight on February 21.

A neighbour said the one-bedroom flat was devastated within minutes.

Police confirmed the Criminal Investigation Bureau is still investigating the Short St blaze and appealed to anyone with information to contact them on 105 and quote file number 230222/9370.

Mary Argue
Mary Argue
Mary Argue is a reporter at the Wairarapa Times-Age with an interest in justice and the region’s emergency services, regularly covering Masterton District Court, Fire and Emergency and Police.

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