14 Feb 2009

Suspicious fires at skifield

9:01 am on 14 February 2009

Police say fires at two buildings overnight at Whakapapa skifield on Mt Ruapheu are suspicious.

A shed housing a snow groomer and the Knoll Ridge Cafe were well alight when a number of people reported an orange glow in the sky shortly after midnight.

The Fire Service was unable to reach the fires with vehicles because of their remote location - 1km from the end of the road.

A helicopter flew in a fire crew and an investigation team on Saturday.