A large fire in a freight yard in Greymouth on Tuesday night is being treated as suspicious and police have been informed.
Fire and Emergency NZ shift manager Lynn Crosson said the large blaze at Aratuna Freighters on Arney St was reported at about 10.10pm.
When firefighters arrived they found a very large pile of tyres on fire in the yard and extra resources were called to help, she said.
The fire had been “tagged as suspicious” and police had been advised, she said.
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By 1.30am the fire was almost suppressed and under control and there were no issues with it spreading. However, a crew would remain at the site overnight, she said.
Fire investigators would further examine the scene on Wednesday morning.
Bryn Preston was nearby when fire crews arrived. He saw more than six fire trucks respond to the large fire. He also saw a person on a forklift reversing a shipping container away from the fire.
“Emergency services were frantically moving vehicles [away] from the fire,” he said.
The firefighters were using a motor water pump to suck water from the nearby lagoon to help get the fire under control, he said.
“A nearby helpless on-looker wearing one of the company’s shirts had told me that he had just heard about the fire and that he hoped his truck was not too close to the fire as he remembered parking around 30 meters to the fire location.”
The worker had been turned away for safety reasons when he had shown up to remove personal belongings from the truck, Preston said.