A fire in silos at Pan Pac’s mill in Whirinaki, a vehicle hitting a horse, a crash on State Highway 5 and several other fire-related callouts have kept emergency services in Hawke’s Bay busy overnight.
Firefighters from Bayview and Napier were called to a fire in the silos at Pan Pac about 4am this morning, just over 12 hours after extinguishing a similar fire at the mill, Fire and Emergency NZ shift manager Murray Dunbar said.
Dunbar said it took the crews roughly 90 minutes to fully extinguish:
“It does take some time with these sort of fires due to the nature of the business and the materials that are burning.”
It was far from their only callout of the evening – they also went to a shed fire in Dartmoor, an oven fire in Flaxmere, a small fire in the roof of a house in Wairoa and, most frustratingly, a large rubbish fire in the Omahu area which took just over an hour to extinguish.
Firefighters and police were also called to at least two crashes overnight.
The Bay View station responded to one on State Highway 5 near Te Pohue at 11.45pm, but no one was at the scene on arrival, Dunbar said.
Then the Hastings station was called to Taihape Rd about 6.30am after a vehicle hit a horse.
The crew assisted with traffic control and “clean up”, Dunbar said.