29 Sep 2004

Fire in Tahitian capital damages ten houses; no-one hurt

7:42 am on 29 September 2004

Authorities in French Polynesia have confirmed that no-one has been hurt after a large fire damaged ten homes in the suburbs of the capital, Papeete.

A spokesman for the president's office, Claude Marere, says the fire started in the garden of a house, and spread quickly to nearby homes in the Mission area of the city.

Mr Marere says two hundred children were evacuated from a creche at just after three o'clock yesterday afternoon New Zealand time.

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