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Investigation into fire continues

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/01/2017

© SNPA Police and the Fire Service still don't know what caused the fire on the Coromandel Peninsula which destroyed 24 structures and burnt a large area of bush.

The fire is believed to have started some time on January 17 but the exact cause is unknown, police say on Friday.

The scrub fire has burnt more than 100 hectares of bushland south of Whitianga as well as causing extensive damage to the Wilderland Community.

As well as six homes and various outbuildings the blaze also destroyed the commune's orchards.

Police are speaking to witnesses and a full scene examination is being conducted alongside the Fire Service.

The New Zealand Defence Force's (NZDF) five-member firefighting crew worked overnight Thursday to extinguish hotspots.

Major General Tim Gall, the Commander Joint Forces New Zealand, said the firefighters would be helping the National Rural Fire Authority for the next five days.

A mayoral fund has been set up to raise money, while a givealittle.co.nz page has also been established.

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