A Taihape landmark - the New
DB Hotel - would not have been burned down if
sprinkler systems had been installed, Fire Safety
Officer Charlie Turei said today.
Mr Turei, from the Western Fire Region, said
the publican had remarked on just how quickly
the fire had spread. “This would not have
happened if sprinklers were installed.”
Fortunately, the publican had sought advice
from the Fire Service in November last year.
He updated his evacuation scheme and as a result
was able to get his family and a hotel resident
out of the hotel without injury.Mr Turei said
the service advised the publican about a sprinkler
system at the time. “He did everything
else right and no-one was hurt as a result.
Unfortunately the hotel was so badly damaged
by the fire that it has had to be demolished.”