Truck fire breaks out in workshop


A heavy vehicle workshop just north of Oamaru could have been badly damaged after a truck fire broke out early on Sunday morning, a fire officer says.

The fire started in a truck inside the Waitaki Heavy Vehicle Maintenance workshop on SH1 at about 1.20am on Sunday.

Oamaru Volunteer Fire Brigade chief fire officer Steve Couper said the brigade was alerted to the fire because a lot of smoke was coming out of the eaves of the workshop.

“We had some pretty big concerns about what was happening.”

At first they did not know where the fire was coming from and had to take precautions because there were LPG bottles and a spray booth inside the building and a fuel tanker right outside, he said.

“It could have been very dangerous.”

The fire did not take long to put out, however the brigade was there for about two hours.

There was fire damage to the truck and a lot of smoke damage to the building, which would linger for a long time, Mr Couper said.

“They were very, very lucky.

“If it had been any longer, it would have reached that critical level.”

At this stage, the fire appeared to be caused by an electrical fault in the truck, he said.


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