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Relief as homes and golf course unscathed

Feb 22nd, 2010 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

Helicopter crew assess the quickly moving scrub fire which threaten residents of Gloaming Hill.

Helicopter heads for scrub fire threatening homes at Gloaming Hill.

MORNINGTON STREET residents in the Porirua suburb of Gloaming Hill are counting their blessings after their homes narrowly escaped a massive scrub fire that began after 4pm yesterday.

Hundreds of residents were told to evacuate by police who arrived on the scene as the fire raged down Shelly Bay  north of the Titahi Bay Golf Club through Whitireia Park and up towards Gloaming Hill.

“My son was telling me we had to go, he kept saying, ‘mum we have to go, we have to go’ and I kind of just took it all in,” says Mornington St resident Glenis Thomas.

“You know you just think ‘what can I take?’, and I just thought nothing really mattered because everything could be replaced, but I did take my wedding photo albums.”

Residents who were evacuated were told to go to Niblick Hall behind Titahi Bay Fire Station where Victim Support and Red Cross waited to assist.

A few of the residents from Mornington Street wait at Niblick Hall to get the all clear to go home.

Residents of Mornington St wait at Niblick Hall for the all clear.

About 15 people were at the community centre late last night, while others had gone to stay with family and friends.

Katherine Palmer, also of Mornington St, had just finished painting her house and could hear the fire from her driveway.

She says: “It was so intense, it was just awful.”

Her partner Emmanuel Anamani says: “We were just relieved to know our house is safe.”

Residents of Mornington St were allowed to return to their houses late last night.

Salvation Army volunteers set up base at the Titahi Bay Golf Club charged with feeding fire fighters.

There was some concern at the Titahi Bay golf course early this morning as to possible damage to the course. It was unscathed and a few people turned up to play today.

Incident controller Graig Cottrial, of the Upper Hutt Rural Fire Force, said several crews attended flare-ups throughout the night and would be there for the next couple of days monitoring and dampening down hot spots.

Whitireia Park this morning was a black charcoal landscape with fence posts along walkways now reduced to stumps.

A 14-year-old youth appeared in the Porirua Youth Court this morning charged with arson.

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