21 Feb 2013

Police investigating string of fires in rural Waikato

8:32 pm on 21 February 2013

Police are investigating multiple suspicious fires lit within close proximity to each other along a stretch of road in rural Waikato.

Emergency services were called to a property on Old Mountain Road near Te Pahu overnight on Wednesday after a resident noticed one of the fires.

Upon arrival, firefighters found another four separately lit blazes - with some ranging up to 500 metres.

The fires damaged fencing and burnt through scrub and bush up a steep embankment before firefighters could put them out. No one was injured.

Police want to hear from anyone with information about how the fires started.