Investigation into Chinese shop blaze resumes

Police initial investigation into the fire on September 22nd, 2017, was not completed due to funding constraint.

However, this matter was raised by Manus Governor Charlie Benjamin on the floor of National Parliament on the outcome of police investigation into the incident, which Police Minister Bryan Kramer gave the assurance that police will reopen.

The investigation team is currently on ground with two AFP officers who will be assisting them.

Major fire breaks out in SkyCity convention centre in central Auckland

SkyCity has decided to evacuate its entire Auckland precinct, because of smoke from the fire.

That means people will need to leave the Sky Tower, casino, all SkyCity hotels and restaurants and corporate offices.

The company said police were onsite to help with evacuations.

People who were intending to visit SkyCity venues this evening - including restaurants on Federal Street - should make alternative arrangements.

Crew abandon burning Chinese fishing vessel

A New Zealand Defence Force Orion located the vessel about 400 nautical miles west of Tuvalu earlier Friday.

The Orion dropped communications equipment, fresh water and lights to the crew of the Jin Xiang 6.

Now the Fiji Maritime Surveillance Rescue has reported there are 16 crew with the vessel and that life boats are in the water, as the vessel takes on seawater.

Fiji is connecting with nearby resources to help the crew.


Photo: New Zealand Defence Force



Pokies club catches fire

Angry black smoke could be seen rising high into the air sometime after 8am today.

Police and the fire service immediately arrived on scene, with the latter attempting to prevent the fire from spreading across to Maggie Seafood Restaurant and the Coordination Office for Bougainville Affairs (NCOBA) building.

Police are currently keeping opportunists at bay while firefighters are trying their best to contain the flames.

No casualties have been reported while details to the cause of the blaze will be established later.

Waigani shops go up in flames

The fire started around 7pm however, the cause is yet to be established.

Police presence was high in the area, to prevent opportunists from looting the City Pharmacy, Boroko Motors showrooms and other business houses.

Fire Service was on the scene to prevent the fire from spreading to nearby properties.

Chief of Fire, Bill Roo, says an investigation team has started looking into the incident to determine whether this was accidental or a deliberate ploy to claim insurance.

(Picture: Nelson Kopunye)

Buildings razed in POM

The fire, which began around 1:30pm yesterday, spread quickly as a strong breeze aided it in its destruction.

Two families living behind the main warehouse of the old stationery shop were caught off guard as the fire quickly spread, forcing them to take out all valuables.

The Waigani PNG Fire Service attended but it was a futile attempt as the fire destroyed the front shop and warehouse  and quickly spread to the last building.

Large fire rips through Dubai's Torch Tower

Footage posted on social media showed flames spreading up the Torch Tower, and burning debris falling down.

Civil defence officials have "successfully evacuated" the building and are now working to bring the blaze under control, Dubai's authorities say.

It is not clear what caused the fire in one of the world's tallest buildings.

"No injuries have been reported so far in the Torch Tower fire incident," the government of Dubai's media office tweeted.

The Torch Tower was damaged by an earlier blaze in 2015.


Malaguna technical gutted by fire

The fire, believed to have been caused by an electrical fault, started from the principal’s office and quickly swept through the entire building in less than an hour, bringing into flames two deputy principals’ offices, the bursar’s office and the school’s main administration office.

According to a teacher, the fire started at around 4pm and by the time firefighters – arrived about an hour later from Kokopo – the entire two-storey building was already under flames.

Fire guts Rigo candidate’s home

Fortunately, Wari Vele and his family and dependents escaped unscathed.

Candidate Vele is unaware of the cause of the fire, but believes foul play was involved.

“I cannot rule out arson because the fire started from an area (verandah) where there were no electrical wiring,” he told Loop PNG.

He said a group of boys raised the alarm when they noticed flames racing along the roof of the house.

“It was highly suspicious. The fire started and within 15-30 minutes, the entire house was engulfed in flames.”

​Fire service warns landlords

This is the message from the PNG Fire Service, after a child tragically died in a fire at Badili on Sunday.

The Port Moresby residential building, which was once a shop, caught fire at around 2pm.

While the cause of the Badili fire is yet to be established, Acting Chief Fire Officer, Bill Roo, raised concerns about buildings that have had their class of occupancy changed to another without complying with proper processes prescribed in the Building Act (Regulations) chapter 301 or the PNG fire code.