St James Walkway hut burnt down - update
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IntroductionThe Anne River Hut, a 14-bunk hut on the popular St James Walkway, was razed to the ground by fire around 1-2 July 2010 says DOC.
Date: 12 July 2010
The Anne River Hut, a 14-bunk hut on the popular St James Walkway, was razed to the ground by fire around 1-2 July 2010 says the Department of Conservation (DOC).
DOC staff visited the scene on 7 July with NZ Fire Service and NZ Police, after trampers reported the fire on 4 July.
“A fire investigation report is being prepared by NZ Fire Service, but we believe that it’s human error rather than a deliberate act that caused the fire,” said Ronan Grew, programme manager visitor assets.
The remains of Anne River Hut
“Our scene examination indicates the possible cause may have been hot ashes left in the ash bucket on front veranda - within five metres of the front door of the hut.
“It does reinforce the message that ashes should be disposed of properly - it’s a simple thing to do but a costly result.”
The Department will be seeking funding for a replacement and expect it take at least 12 months to fund, design and build a new hut.
People intending to walk the walkway can stay in Anne Cullers Hut nearby but, as this is only a four-bunk hut, are advised to carry a tent.
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