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Congratulations on your 40th year, I look forward to many more. -- Jami-Lee Ross, MP for Botany ❝ ❞ Phone: (09) 271 8000 Email: email@example.com www.times.co.nz By Chris Harrowell WHOEVER is responsible for a series of fres at schools and in public spaces in East Auckland since July may have struck again, with two new incidents being investigated by police and the fre service. Firefghters from the Howick and Mt Wellington stations were called to Bucklands Beach Inter- mediate School at about 11.20pm on November 21. They found a plastic portable toilet on the school grounds ablaze and quickly put it out using a high pressure water hose. Then at about 2.10am on Novem- ber 23, they were called back to the school in Bucklands Beach Road to deal with another fre. The portable toilet damaged in the frst incident had been moved close to the library block and set alight. The fames spread, causing sig- nifcant damage to the building. Counties Manukau fre safety offcer Phil Faidley is investigat- ing the fres, as well as a number of previous arsons. Suspicious fres have been started in recent months at schools including Howick and Macleans Colleges, and Shelly Park, Our Lady Star of the Sea, Wakaaranga and Point View Primary Schools. Fires have also been lit in public parks, children’s playgrounds and at businesses and clubs. “We don’t know if the peo- ple who lit the fres at Bucklands Beach Intermediate School are those who started the others,” Mr Faidley told the Times. “But we believe that publicity about these fres through the news media, including the Times, has led to a reduction in these sorts of incidents.” Mr Faidley says he’s surprised two fres were started at the same school in such a short period. “I didn’t consider anyone would come back and try it again,” he says. “The culprit’s frst attempt caused damage to the toilet and the second attempt caused its com- plete destruction. It’s awful. “The school isn’t happy and its pupils aren’t happy.” Detective James Ralph, of Counties Manukau East Police’s criminal investigation branch, is also investigating the series of East Auckland arsons. “I’m deeply concerned by the fact these fres are still being lit,” he says. “Fire isn’t a harmless thing. A seemingly small fre can quickly evolve into signifcant property damage or people getting hurt. “Arson is a serious offence. We’re working with fre service investigators and treating every incident very seriously.” Mr Faidley says while the two most recent school fres were put out quickly, there was a chance the library block could have been razed. Damage was caused to a corner of the building and under its foor. “The potential for more damage was enormous, as the school had only just moved all its books into the library,” he says. “Fortunately it was equipped with smoke detectors and an alarm, which activated, and alerted the security people, who notifed us. “It wouldn’t have been long before all the books were gone. “Police and the fre service are conducting a thorough and ongo- ing investigation into this fre, which is serious. “Arson carries a maximum prison sentence of 14 years.” People with information on the fres at Bucklands Beach Inter- mediate School on November 21 and 23 can phone detective James Ralph on 250-3005, or the Crimestoppers free and anony- mous tip-off line on 0800-555-111. Arsonist attacks school Counties Manukau re risk management o cer Phil Faidley is investigating a series of deliberately lit res in East Auckland since July. Times photo Chris Harrowell GUY HOMESTEAD FIRE Plans to buy site on hold F ➤ rompage1 "We were making plans to restore the building. We were going to approach the owner about purchasing the site," says Mr Reardon. "There were other private interests involved and it was our preference they undertook the work. A council purchase was a backstop. "I was con dent the issue would be resolved shortly after Christmas. We were making progress and the Howick Local Board was supportive." Howick builder Nick Neben has been campaigning to save Guy Homestead. He says it's a tragedy one of the area's last standing heritage buildings has been damaged. "I feel gutted all our e orts over the past months to save Guy Homestead have gone up in smoke," says Mr Neben. "It was destined to happen, as the place was left unsecured and people were using it as a doss house. "On November 29, I pleaded with Auckland Council to take urgent action to secure the homestead." Auckland architect Chris Tate talked with Mr Neben and the council about relocating the house to land he owns near Ngatea, on the Hauraki Plains. Mr Tate says: "It's unbelievable to have this happen to such a beautiful building. I'm devastated. "I always thought what a cool place it was and I was horri ed when we looked inside. We would have lovingly restored it. We were happy to work with the Historic Places Trust to open it up to the public." Mr Tate is seeking house-moving advice about whether the front part of the building is structurally sound enough to move. People with information on the Guy Homestead re on December 1 can phone Counties Manukau East Police CIB on 261-1300, or the Crimestoppers free and anonymous tip-o line on 0800-555-111.
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