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August 12, 2011

Man tries to save dog from fire

Ian Hayden left Christchurch to escape earthquakes, but yesterday had to face the loss of his belongings and dog after fire destroyed the Oamaru home he moved into just three weeks ago.

The 41-year-old, just before 7pm on Tuesday, had switched on the oven element to warm pumpkin soup when he heard "a loud explosion". When he opened the curtain between the living room and kitchen, the fire erupted and within minutes engulfed the Caledonian Rd house.

While the loss of his belongings was bad enough, the death of his 15-month-old Staffordshire-cross dog Ti-anna, which he had been given two weeks ago, was the most upsetting.

"I had her only a short time but I loved her. I was getting her trained and I'd take her for walks twice a day," he said outside the house yesterday, holding her chain in his hand.MORE>>

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A man's desperate effort to save his dog from an Oamaru house fire has been strongly criticised by a fire investigator.

The two-bedroom house on Caledonian Rd was destroyed after being engulfed in flames about 7pm on Tuesday in a fire believed to have started in the kitchen.

Two fire appliances and 15 fire crew attended the scene.

New Zealand Fire Service specialist fire investigator Barry Gibson said the sole occupant of the two-bedroom house, a Christchurch man renting the property, managed to escape.

However, when he realised his dog was still inside, he tried to get back into the house.Neighbours managed to hold him back from re-entering. The dog could not be saved.


Mr Gibson said it was bad practice to re-enter a house that is on fire."Get out and stay out, and get help – because again we could have been looking at something more serious." MORE>>

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