2 Oct 2018

Fire investigators sift rubble at site of Waipu blaze

4:45 pm on 2 October 2018

Fire investigators have ruled out arson as the cause of the fire that destroyed three shops in Waipu.

A cafe, pharmacy and herbalist shop burned down on Sunday night, leaving a charred gap in the town's main street.

Fire Service investigator Craig Bain said the fire started in the cafe, and it seemed likely the cause was electrical.

He and several insurance investigators have been sifting through the rubble and expect to confirm their findings later today.