Hi neighbours, the awesome efforts of local firefighters saved a Cromwell couple's home after a blaze erupted nearby on Monday.
Shane Marsh says thought a plane had crashed into the hillside when he heard an "almighty explosion" before the blaze broke out about 1pm. Black scorch marks can now be seen just a short distance from their home, showing how "hellishly close" the fire came.
Deputy principal rural fire officer Mark Mawhinney says: "We had helicopters and stuck appliances by the house and they stayed there the whole time ... It is a credit to the volunteers. They did a very good job. It never ceases to amaze me the dedication and commitment they show."
When a Christchurch school lost four classrooms to fire, retired AMI Branch Manager Philip Buckingham knew how he could help.
Philip – “ When one of our offices is relocated or refitted as a flexi workspace, there are all sorts of useful items left behind — stationery, file cabinets, chairs, desks, computer monitor arms. For years now, we have gathered it all up and donated it to schools; initially those hit particularly hard by the Christchurch earthquakes. It’s hard to explain, but it’s just in our DNA at AMI to help people. After the Russley School fire, there was an urgent need to get the kids some stationery. On my way home, I went to the school and spoke with the principal, Greg Lewis. We couldn’t have asked for a better principal for the school, he is such a great guy.”
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