Wellington man fights garage fire with garden hose, capital’s third fire in a week
MONIQUE FORD / Stuff
David Eves begins cleaning up after the suspicious fire on Friday morning.
All that stood between Wellington’s man David Eves was losing his home was David Eves and his garden hose.
Eves was woken up in the early hours of Friday morning by his neighbor knocking on his window. He looked outside and saw flames rising from the skylight at the top of his garage.
He rushed into his yard and used the garden hose to humidify his home and those of his neighbors, each only a few feet from his garage.
“The flames were pouring out towards my house. I could feel the heat and the smoke passing me, ”said Eves.
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The Resolution St fire in the Wellington suburb of Lyall Bay is the third fire in the capital in the past week.
Although the latter two were treated as non-accidental, Senior Detective Sergeant Steve Wescott said it was too early to tell if the fires were related.
The first fire on Sunday night resulted in the destruction of two homes in Hanson St, Newtown.
Wescott said the fire was now treated as an “isolated incident” and did not appear to be deliberate.
CCTV footage obtained by police showed two people leaving the abandoned house where the fire separately broke out in the minutes leading up to the blaze.
The second fire severely damaged an unoccupied house on Austin St, a suburb of Mount Victoria, on Wednesday night. This is considered by the police to be “non-accidental”.
The latest fire, which burned down Eves’ garage, was also dealt with in a non-accidental manner.
“It’s too early to tell if these two fires are linked,” Wescott said.
Eves, who has lived in his home for 35 years, said he was able to hold the fire at bay until emergency services arrived at the scene.
“The house kept lighting up. It probably rekindled on me about three or four times before the firefighters arrived, ”he said.
Eves said the rolling door to her garage was left partially open and police confirmed they considered the fire to be suspicious. Investigators examined the scene early Friday morning.
Eves said he found it hard to understand why anyone would put their life in danger.
“Why would they set it on fire?” I don’t know how to deal with this. It does not mean anything. People just don’t think about the consequences, ”he said.
Eves said he was extremely grateful for the swift actions of his neighbor, who sounded the alarm.
“If he hadn’t stood up we would have been in real trouble,” he said.
The contents of Eves’ garage had been completely destroyed; including tools, his 4.2-meter aluminum canoe and “35 years of odds and ends”.