'Devastating' fire at historic homestead in South Canterbury

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NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Sat, 15 May 2021, 4:51PM
Te Kiteroa is a Retreat & Historic Homestead. Photo / File
Te Kiteroa is a Retreat & Historic Homestead. Photo / File

'Devastating' fire at historic homestead in South Canterbury

Author
NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Sat, 15 May 2021, 4:51PM

Firefighters are currently at the scene of a blaze at Te Kiteroa Retreat & Historic Homestead in Waimate.

A Waimate local said they noticed smoke coming from the homestead about 2pm on Saturday.

They were called to the scene at 1.45pm, after reports of smoke coming from the two-storey building.

A Waimate local said it is "devastating" and "terrible" to see the historic homestead on fire.

The local is located up on a hill and can see "lots of smoke" coming from the homestead.

There are currently six fire trucks tackling the fire with another two on their way to the lodge.

A spokesman says the fire is well developed upstairs, but there appears to be no structural damage at this stage.

No one was reportedly injured.

Te Kiteroa is a retreat that hosts workshops, talks, retreats and meditative experiences.

The homestead has seven bedrooms, two bathrooms and five ensuites and was build back in 1913.