(TV3) A fire investigator will this morning attempt to uncover the cause of a blaze which has seriously damaged a large marae in the Waikato.
Several people escaped unharmed from the Waahi Marae which caught alight at around midnight.
Fire Communications Shift Manager Jaron Phillips says teams were at the scene shortly after.
“Seven appliances [were] brought in from around the Waikato two of those were water tankers. One of the problems the fire fighters faced was a shortage of water so those tankers were brought in from Huntly and Te Kauwhata.”
A separate building near the marae has been badly smoke logged.