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Bus fire on Highgate

This afternoon……
cruise ship passengers got more than they bargained for from Ritchies.

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Yep, time to upgrade the smartphone. Will check video footage.

Third photo from the top, note the bus driver has returned to the cab after passengers have evacuated.

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The Bog fire damaged . . . . (why?)

Sirens heard last night from lower Pitt Street…. ANOTHER of Dunedin’s significant heritage buildings up in flames.

WHERE THE SMOKE DETECTORS AND SPRINKLER SYSTEM

Otago Daily Times Published on Aug 2, 2015
[post] Fire at The Bog
Firefighters attend a blaze at The Bog in central Dunedin tonight.

39 Dunedin Television Published on Aug 3, 2015
Central city pub catches fire
An investigation is under way to determine the cause of a fire at a central city pub.

### ODT Online Sun, 2 Aug 2015
Fire at central city pub
Firefighters have attended a blaze at The Bog Irish Bar in central Dunedin tonight. Crews were called about 7pm after a fire broke out in an upstairs office at the pub, on the corner of George and London Sts.
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The Bog, 387 George Street [Google Street View Nov 2009]Google Street View (Nov 2009)

Briefly, the first hotel on this site was established in 1864 as the Black Bull Hotel. Daniel White changed the name to the Royal Albert when he took over in 1879 – he opened the current hotel building in 1880.

Royal Albert Hotel building history by David Murray:
Built: 1880 / 1939
Address: 387 George Street
Architects: Louis Boldini / Stone & Sturmer
Builders: Norman Wood / D.P. Murphy

Johann Luks (1877-1879) was a German immigrant who had previously worked as a fruiterer in George Street. In late 1878 he commissioned the architect Louis Boldini to design a new hotel building, but was declared bankrupt in August 1879 before the project could go ahead. Daniel White purchased the fourteen-year lease on the property the same month, and in December was granted a license for the establishment which he gave a new name: the Royal Albert Hotel. The replacement building was erected in 1880 by contractor Norman Wood to Boldini’s plans, and completed by October. It was built of brick, with ornate cemented facades in the revived Italian Renaissance style, and made the most of a tricky triangular site. The ground floor had a bar, three sitting rooms, a dining room, and a kitchen. There were nine bedrooms and a sitting room on the first floor.

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http://builtindunedin.com/2013/05/14/royal-albert-hotel/

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Tragic names: Torch at Dubai, on fire

Updated post Sat, 7 Mar 2015 at 2:11 p.m.

█ Wikipedia currently lists the tallest residential buildings in the world.

Torch, Dubai render [tinypic.com] 1### NZ Herald Online 1:28 PM Saturday Feb 21, 2015
Dubai skyscraper fire: Blaze rips through Torch residential building in marina district
A fire has ripped through the Torch in Dubai – one of the tallest residential buildings in the world. The skyscraper, which is 336.1m (1,105ft) tall, is in the marina district of the city. The fire is believed to have started on the 50th floor and is spreading quickly, in part due to high-winds. One witness said it looked like “the Titanic going down”, Gulfnews.com reports. Terrified residents were forced to flee and emergency crews rushed to the scene to tackle the blaze which burned across several floors of the enormous structure. There were no reported injuries, officials told NBC News, but it was unclear whether all the residents had been accounted for.
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BBC News: Fire rips through Dubai skyscraper (video, with commentary by Kathryn Dickie 13th floor resident)

The Marina Torch, also known as Dubai Torch or just The Torch, is a supertall residential skyscraper at the Dubai Marina, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The 79-storey Torch opened in 2011.

Wikipedia (update) —2015 fire
A fire broke out in the building on 21 February 2015 2:00 a.m. local time. Eyewitnesses stated that the fire started with a grill located on one of the building’s balconies. Although it appeared no fatalities occurred, seven people were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. Video footage shows structural debris falling from the burning storeys to the ground. The fire appeared to have started in the middle of the building and spread rapidly due to high winds, causing the flames to flare up, resulting in “massive problems” for the fire department and the backing up of traffic on the nearby highway for several miles. External cladding was charred from the 50th floor to the top of the tower. Eyewitnesses reported the fire starting in the middle of the tower, and falling debris setting lower levels on fire. Link

Jaime Müller Published on Feb 20, 2015
The Torch Tower On Fire . Dubai Marina . Dubai #1
[ENG] The Torch Tower is burning up in Dubai Marina!
[PTB] O Torch Tower – meu prédio vizinho – está pegando fogo!

Dubai Marina [emirates247.com]Dubai Marina – cap of Torch showing, upper centre right [elitetowerdubai.com]

Dubai Marina - view from Torch 76th floor Sept 2009 [imredubai.blogspot.co.nz] Dubai Marina, view from Torch 76th floor Sept 2009 [imredubai.blogspot.co.nz]

The Torch Skyscraper [via BBC] was the world’s tallest residential building at its opening, but has since been surpassed by six others; it’s now thought to be the 32nd tallest building in the world, according to the Skyscraper Centre. It has 676 apartments. A two-bedroom flat starts at more than $500,000 (£325,000). Residents have access to an eight-storey garage and a swimming pool overlooking Dubai’s waterfront.

World's tallest apartment tower chronologically - 1 Dec 2011 status [via staticflickr.com]The World’s tallest apartment tower chronologically (Dec1/2011 status) – hosted at flickr [click to enlarge]

*Note the graphic by R Braddish (above) claims The Torch has “86 floors” whereas multiple sources state it has “79 storeys”.

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Hype O’Thermia’s whole Guy story

Received Sat, 8 Nov 2014 at 10:18 a.m.

Lake Okareka Volunteer Rural Fire Force 20.9.14 [okarekarural.fire.com] 1Sparklers - CrispNZ Trips [cris.lovell-smith.com] 2.1

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Submitted by Hype.O.Thermia on Sat, 08/11/2014 – 1:07am.

“We’re not “celebrating” Mr Fawkes as a hero. We’re celebrating the fact that he failed to destroy parliament, failed to institute an absolutist monarch.”
Back in the distant days of my childhood the connection with Mr Fawkes and the night of fireworks was clear. We had bonfires, we gathered wood for it and built it up, kids being told by adults, and you don’t just chuck sticks in the direction of the pile, there’s a right way to do these things. And we had a guy, trousers and shirt and a round head-shaped bundle with a hat on top if someone’s Dad could be persuaded to part with an old one. So the story of Guy Fawkes was told, short and medium and long versions, and we knew from kids’ stories that English kids trundled their guy around the neighbourhood and people gave them money in response to their call, “Penny for the guy?”

Safety has ruled out all but the most rigidly organised public Guy Fawkes nights. We can’t have our own bonfires among friends, so there’s nowhere to burn a guy, so they don’t get made and the story has died or, as is seen in comments, misunderstood as celebrating Guy Fawkes, hero. Many popular types of fireworks have been outlawed for reasons of safety, only for the law of unintended consequences to kick in. Manufacturers added ear-shattering noise to replace the banned excitements.

In country areas the bonfire could be 2 or 3 neighbours’ shared festivity, or in a nearby town the Lions or some other group might organise a big bonfire for all comers, and Plunket sold hot dogs and cuppas to raise funds. Everyone would bring along their own fireworks, little kids waved sparklers, older kids lit strings of crackers and threw them at each other and laughed when the target leapt in shock at the bangs at his feet.

Next day we kids scoured the scuffed area around the charcoal and ashes looking for fireworks whose fuse had gone out, and the greatest prize: an untouched one that someone might have dropped in the dark. This was before daylight saving, we stayed up way past our usual bedtimes, but after all this was a special occasion, only once a year.

The ratio of injury to activity was pretty good, from memory. Especially with the private family bonfires, there was a great deal of scouring for dry branches and dragging them to the bonfire site, everyone had to physically do something. In the process we tended to get our ears bent about bonfires and matches and dry grass and how easily fire could spread, and the importance of having water buckets and a hose if it would reach, and sacks to wet if there had been no rain for a while and there could be sparks into dry vegetation.

Perhaps fireworks do need to be removed permanently from sale to the public, because so many of the public are no longer in touch with real practical elements of life such as safe outdoor fires, urban digital competence is a whole different knowledge set from what we grew up surrounded by when I was thrilled by November 5th, some double happies and being allowed to light one of the rockets, reminded of the checking procedure, where is it pointing, and is the bottle it’s sitting in well-seated so it won’t tilt?

[abridged at ODT Online]

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● Lake Okareka Volunteer Rural Fire Force 2014 [okarekarural.fire.com]
● Sparklers, CrispNZ Trips [cris.lovell-smith.com]

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NZHerald 31.10.14 Auckland's new Guy Fawkes restrictions kick in (article)NZ Herald 31.10.14

The Economist 6.11.14 Guy Fawkes face post modern protest [economist.com]The Economist 4.11.14

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Vegetation fire contained at Woodside, Outram

███ Evacuees were advised to go to the Outram Presbyterian Church Hall on Holyhead Street. –Police

Updated post 2.11.14 at 7:18 p.m.

ONE News 2.11.14 Screenshot (1209)

“The New Zealand Fire Service and the Otago Rural Fire Authority have done a great job with protecting … houses today.”

Helicopters with monsoon buckets had been flying overhead all morning and appeared to have contained the fire. By early afternoon it had spread across about 60 hectares of land. Shortly after 2pm, Fire Service spokeswoman Rachel Butler said the blaze was “contained but probably not under control”.
By early evening rain had started to fall, easing conditions.

### stuff.co.nz Last updated 14:52 02/11/2014
Dunedin scrub fire ‘out of control’
By Blair Ensor and Wilma McKay
Land owners evacuated from the scene of an out of control fire west of Dunedin believe the likely cause is re-ignition of a controlled farm burn-off more than a month ago.
Michael and Annette Harrex, who have 2000 acres at Woodside in the hills above near Outram, spent this morning at an evacuation point near the blaze, watching nervously as it threatened their neighbours’ homes.
“We were burning five or six weeks ago and we’ve had a lot of rain in between,” Michael Harrex said. “There was no thought anything could happen. Probably with the high wind overnight, it’s just blown an ember into gorse.”
Harrex said the fire was spreading into trees behind neighbours’ homes.
“It’s obviously extremely stressful for everyone. There are people up there that have obviously had to get out of their houses. it’s just the concern of what might happen.”
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### tvnz..co.nz updated 11:35
Published: 8:49AM Sunday November 02, 2014
Gorse fire continues to rage out of control in rural Dunedin
Source: ONE News
An out of control gorse fire continues to threaten several homes in the rural area of Outram near Dunedin. The fire, which is currently covering 60 hectares of land in the Maungatua Ranges, is being fanned by strong winds and has come within 20 metres of one farm house.
Fire fighters have been battling the blaze all morning and have sent in five helicopters as they have been unable to reach it on the ground.
Principal Rural Fire Officer Stephanie Rotarangi says they have the front closest to the houses under control but are still working on the rest of the fire.
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### ODT Online Sun, 2 Nov 2014
Strong winds fan Otago fires
Firefighters have several battles in their hands in Otago this morning as strong winds fan vegetation fires near Outram and Ettrick.
Emergency services continue to fight a massive vegetation fire near Outram, about 30km from Dunedin, which has caused three homes to be evacuated.
Police said the fire was burning strongly along the ridge of the Maungatua hill range and was being fanned by strong wind gusts.
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158 Rattray Street (Tai Ping), suspicious fire?

158 Rattray St (Tai Ping) - Google Street ViewGoogle Street View

### ODT Online Tue, 23 Jul 2013
Tai Ping badly damaged by fire
By Rebecca Fox
Well-known Rattray St food bar and restaurant, the Tai Ping, has been extensively damaged by fire. Smoke from the central Dunedin blaze, which was reported about 9.24pm, was so thick it set off smoke alarms in about six other buildings, some as far away as Moray Pl. Fire appliances had to be called in from Ravensbourne and Port Chalmers to help clear those buildings, while crews from three appliances and a turntable ladder truck put out the fire. Tai Ping owner Henry Chin said his wife was at the back of the premises, preparing food, when the fryer at the front of the shop overheated and caught fire. “She didn’t realise until it caught hold.” If there had been customers in the shop it would have been caught before it got to that stage, he said. He had gone home to pick up their children for tea.
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We’ve been keeping a watching brief on the buildings at 150-170 Rattray Street in past months, for good reason, now this. The old fryer trick when no-one’s about much . . .

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Towering inferno: Fire engulfs luxury apartments and 5-star hotel

Thanks to Source. Oh dear.

Fire engulfs 40-storey hotel, Chechnya, Grozny

Flames have engulfed a 40-storey luxury skyscraper in the Chechnya capital of Grozny.

### msn.co.nz 05:30 Thu Apr 4 2013
Fire engulfs luxury skyscraper hotel
By MSN NZ staff
The building, a local centrepiece named the Olympus tower which is used to promote the city [Grozny] as a glitzy and modern hub, has been evacuated as the fire raged from the top to bottom floors.
It is understood the flames spread rapidly due to the plastic trimming on the building, which includes luxury apartments and a 5-star hotel.
Local police confirmed no one was injured.
State television pictures showed a huge plume of smoke rising into the sky and clinging to the sides of the building with bursts of yellow flames snaking down the facade.
“We have no reports of casualties … The fire is currently spreading across the building’s facade via the plastic outer panels,” the spokesman for the North Caucasus regional branch of the Emergency Situations ministry, Kantemir Davydov, told the Interfax news agency.
Eighty firemen were at the scene, the emergency situations ministry said.
A witness photograph posted on Twitter showed flames and smoke pouring from the building, which is topped by a giant clock face and stands 145m tall.
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Hope springs eternal

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