Arson suspected in Tauranga playground fire

Police and a fire safety investigator has been called to the scene this morning. Photos: Daniel Hines/SunLive.

Arson is suspected as the cause of a playground fire in Tauranga this morning.

Tauranga Fire Brigade was called to the fire on The Strand, near Wharf Street, just before 5am.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand northern fire communications shift manager Kaisey Cooks says the playground was completely engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived at the scene.

“Firefighters spent about half an hour at the scene.

“A fire safety investigator has been called as well.”

Police are also investigating the fire.

A police spokesperson says they received a report to a fire in a public place around 5am.

“Two people are currently assisting police with their enquiries.

“A scene guard is in place.”

Anyone with information about the fire can contact Tauranga Police Station on 07 577 4300.

Alternatively, information can be left anonymously via the Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 line.

Non-emergency information can be phoned into the police’s 105 number.

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Tough Dudes

Posted on 13-11-2019 17:24 | By

Wow they attacked a kids playground. They must think of themselves being so tough. Unfortunately no matter their age it’ll be a wet bus ticket as bigted says. However from a different angle, a Fire Inspector is called in to investigate SUSPECTED arson. As hapukafin says these playgrounds don’t spontaneously combust. I’m sure nobody left the iron on. How much is the investigation going to cost. Suspected arson - really? It arson by some dropkick that picks on little kids.

The Wet Bus Ticket System

Posted on 13-11-2019 10:54 | By bigted

As usual the young arsonists will get "youth aid" - a severe talking to at worst. Put some stocks up in the red square with them in them. Publicly shame them. They wouldn’t do it again!


Posted on 13-11-2019 10:35 | By hapukafin

Surely its got to be,.Theres nothing to self ignite there.Heaps of CCTV around there.Part of punishment should be to repair it,and granstand for the kids to sit and watch


Posted on 13-11-2019 07:52 | By

The place is well covered so it should be easy to see the culprits. If they are the "residents of no fixed abode" who "live" in town let’s hope this is an opportunity to flush them away and be rid of this hobo look for the town moving forward