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Mongrel Mob pad destroyed by fire

A Mongrel Mob pad on the outskirts of Wairoa burned down last night.

A specialist fire investigator went on site this morning with police to establish the cause.

Fire and Emergency NZ received multiple 111 calls about the blaze in Kaimoana Road at around 6pm.

“I could see the smoke from my home on the other side of the town as I headed to the fire station,” said a senior Wairoa firefighter.

“The tin structure, like a big shed, was fully involved when we arrived, burning from end to end.”

Police said a gang member, who had been inside the building at the time the fire started, escaped the flames without injury.

“At this stage the cause of the fire has not been treated as suspicious,” police said.

“It appears to have been caused by some sort of electrical fault.

“A specialist fire investigator went there this morning to look into the exact cause,” police said.

Wairoa fire crews were backed up by volunteers from the Nuhaka brigade.

“There were 18 firefighters involved in all last night,” the senior firefighter said.

“It took us about an-hour-and-a-half to bring the blaze under control and we were there until about 10.30pm last night dampening down the remains.”

The building had been the headquarters of the Mongrel Mob in Wairoa for many years.

Engulfed: Fire destroyed a Mongrel Mob headquarters in Wairoa last night and a specialist fire investigator and police this morning began an inquiry. It has so far not been treated as suspicious, with an electrical fault thought to be the cause. Pictures supplied Mob pad in Wairoa