Two Tauranga fires unlikely to be linked

The Bethlehem Town Centre car park was hit by fire earlier this month. Photo: Valerie O'Connell.

Police are continuing to investigate two fires which occurred within days of each other in Tauranga.

However, there is currently no indication that the incidents in Bethlehem and Otūmoetai are linked.

Emergency services were called to the first fire in question at 4.15pm on Saturday, July 10.

Three fire crews attended the scene at the Bethlehem Town Centre car park.

A hedge had ignited and two cars also suffered damage.

The second fire occurred at the Otūmoetai Golf Club on Tuesday, July 13, at around 7.30pm.

Five large palm trees were up in flames when fire crews arrived on the scene.

Shortly after, police said they were “following strong lines of enquiry” regarding the Bethlehem blaze but are stating that at present there is no update.

The fire at Otūmoetai Golf Club could be seen by nearby residents. Photo. Supplied.

Police also say it is “unlikely” that the two vegetation fires are linked.

If you have any information that can assist police in their investigation please call Police on 111.

People can also provide information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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

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