28 Sep 2004

Big fire at a Tahiti creche

6:16 pm on 28 September 2004

Scores of children at a creche in the capital of French Polynesia have fled a large fire.

The Tahitipresse news agency says firefighters received a call just before three o'clock this afternoon New Zealand time in the Mission area of Papeete.

Residents of homes in the area and children at the creche were evacuated soon afterwards.

The creche has a hundred and sixty pupils and the director says the children are used to practising fire drills.

Five bands of firefighters and the president, Oscar Temaru, were on the scene almost immediately.

No-one is believed to have been trapped by the fire, which - reports say - has affected a dozen houses and one shop.

Firefighters don't know what might have started the blaze.