Street closed in Newtown after fire in laundrette
A STREET was closed in the Wellington suburb of Newtown in the early hours of yesterday morning while firemen dealt with a fire in a laundrette.
Senior Newtown fire service officer Michael Dombroski said his station was alerted by alarm to a possible fire in Wilson St about 11.30 on Wednesday night.
He suspects the fire was caused by natural spontaneous combustion.
“A warm laundry bag of cotton towels sustains an organic chemical reaction because of heat in the tight bag.”
“It is not your everyday event,” Mr Dombroski said.
Mohammed Khan, owner of Moshim’s Discount House, next to the laundrette, said there was a little bit of smoke in his store, but nothing that damaged stock.
Mr Dombroski’s team stayed for about an hour to ventilate the building laundrette. He is awaiting confirmation from the owner of the laundrette as to which chemicals were involved.