A major fire completely destroyed Rosetown Garments on the corner of Carlton St and Sloane St at about 5.00 a.m. this morning (6/2/00). The night sky was lit up and could be seen by the staff at Waikeria prison. Residents of Pirongia could see a huge pall of black smoke over the town. the fire threatened business in Rickit Rd and the adjoining Federated Farmers building.
Around 35 staff have been affected by this fire. Police are investigating.