Nor West News : November 18th 2010
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Massey blaze Kumeu fire crews assisted at a vegetation fire on Triangle Rd in Massey on the afternoon of November 9. Crews attended another scrub fire on Sunday. Blood donors Your gift of blood can save three lives. The NZ Blood Service will be visiting on November 22 at the Kumeu Community Centre, Access Rd from 10am to 3.30pm. Nor-west residents can register as blood donors at the Kumeu Information Centre, phone 412-9886. Flourishing club Kumeu resident Graham Attwood talks about growing chrysanthemums and dahlias at the next monthly meeting of NorWest Garden Club on November 24. The event is at Kumeu Community Centre, Access Rd, from 7.30pm. There will be trading and interest tables as usual. The public is welcome. $3 door donation. Phone Dawn Kendall 412-7542. Lions project Helping the Foundation for the Blind is the next project for Huapai-Kumeu Lions. The club is raising funds to replace the foundation's cassette-based talking book machines with a digital CD/ DVD-based player system. President of Huapai-Kumeu Lions Gary Moss says the Lions' bucket collection for the new digital talking book players will run at the same time as the Kumeu Christmas parade on December 10. Past collections have supported Starship hospital and West Auckland Hospice. Accident claims a life Fatality: One person died and two were injured in a bus and car collision on Old North Rd. By CAROLYN THOMAS RESIDENTS and secondary school pupils were among those who helped two injured people after a fatal accident on Old North Rd on Thursday. One man died in the crash about 4.10pm when the Subaru WRX he was driving hit a bus carrying 21 students. Kumeu volunteer fire brig- ade deputy chief Stephen Sparnon arrived on the scene shortly before ambulance. Bystanders were holding them steady and keeping them breathing,'' Mr Sparnon says. They made all the dif- ference. Five minutes would have seemed a long time for them to help out.'' Fire crews had to cut the passengers free before they were taken to Auckland Hos- pital. The other two were pretty serious.'' Mr Sparnon says the cor- ner where it happened is known to be dangerous and would have been slippery from earlier rain. We recently had three cars come off in a oil spill,'' he says. You've got to drive to the conditions and you need to keep speed down.'' Fire crews from Waitemata and Henderson also attended along with Waitemata police serious crash unit. The bus was carrying students from Westlake Boys, Westlake Girls Carmel Col- lege and Rosmini College. Rodney Local Board chair- man Bob Howard has lived nearby for 25 years and says there have been a number of accidents at the site. He plans to discuss the issue with the NZ Transport Agency this week. There was an accident on the same road Saturday morning. An elderly driver was not hurt after a car left the road and landed in a tree. There have also been two accidents north of Kaukapakapa in the past week. Pub blaze blamed on electrical fault By CAROLYN THOMAS A blaze at the Parakai Tav- ern on Sunday is suspected to have been caused by an elec- trical fault. Helensville volunteer fire brigade chief Ian Osbourne arrived shortly after 2am and says it had been smouldering for a while. It had crept up the ceiling and was threatening the whole place,'' Mr Osbourne says. The smoke was so dense we couldn't see the flames -- it was pouring out of every nook and cranny.'' Firefighters put out the fire before there was too much structural damage. A smoke alarm alerted the leaseholder and security guards. Crews from Kumeu, Kaukapakapa and Silverdale were called in along with ambulance and police. Fire investigators also attended on Sunday morning. Mr Osbourne says it is a reminder that smoke alarms save livelihoods as well as lives. It was lucky the alarm was raised early,'' Mr Osbourne says. If it hadn't had an alarm it would've been a lot more serious.'' The leaseholder is unsure when the pub will reopen. Forest fire at Woodhill By CAROLYN THOMAS A suspicious fire in Woodhill Forest kept fire crews busy for three days. The blaze started around 6pm on November 4 with about 15 fire appliances attending. Helensville's volunteer fire brigade was first on the scene. Chief Ian Osbourne says more than 20 hectares of pine forest burnt. Four helicopters were brought in by forestry owners to drop water. We spent about six hours supplying the heli- copters with water until the weather changed and they couldn't fly,'' Mr Osbourne says. The fire started about 2km into the forest near a motorbike park in the Rim- mer and Inland roads area. We couldn't see the fire, just a big pile of smoke.'' He says no one should light fires in the forest without permission. The fire potential is dangerous,'' Mr Osbourne says. Man in hospital after grinder mishap A man was injured on Saturday afternoon at his Helensville home while using a hand-held grinder. He was hit in the chest by a metal cutting disc which broke off the tool. Community constable Brett Mann was at the area's neighbouring fire and ambu- lance stations when the man was brought in. Mr Mann performed first aid until fire and ambulance crews arrived. The man was taken to North Shore Hospital where is recovering from an oper- ation on his chest. Mr Mann says it is a good example of police, fire and ambulance crews working together. All the emergencies services came together.''
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