Arson suspected in Tauranga playground fire
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.