Keep matches out of reach of children

We're being reminded to keep matches and lighters out of reach of children -- following a series of suspicious fires.

The most recent was at Allandale School on Wednesday night.

Fire Risk Management Officer John Rewi says initial investigations show the fire has been lit deliberately, likely by children.

He says the fire highlights the importance of keeping matches and lighters out of reach.

He says the impact on firefighters in these types of events is huge.

Emma Griffiths