Posts Tagged ‘ Dennis Wells ’

Suffering and superheroes: fire anniversary

Mar 31st, 2018 | By

The 10th anniversary of the fatal Icepak Tamahere fire has prompted another publication to look back a decade to April 5, 2008.

Raewyn Koppens describes the day she thought she’d died as an experience coloured with suffering and superheroes, reports the Waikato Times.

The light of a warm Saturday afternoon turned to darkness, and through a smokey haze, figures began to appear.



Icepak fire 10 years on

Mar 24th, 2018 | By

As the 10th anniversary of the fatal Icepak Tamahere fire draws near news publications are looking back on the April 5, 2008 event.

In a feature story, the NZ Herald has checked on the surviving firefighters to find their memories of the day and where they are now.

Merv Neil says the blast felt like a big kick up the backside. As he struggled to his feet he was engulfed in an orange ball of flame. Shielding himself, he briefly looked up to see an enormous cloud of smoke in the sky.



Coolstore blast survivor retires

May 20th, 2015 | By

Dennis Wells is a lucky man in more than one way.

The 67-year-old Hamilton fire officer has completed 40 years on the job and retired this week.

Two things make Wells lucky. Firstly, he’s always loved his job and secondly, he was one of the fire crew to survive the Icepak Coolstore explosion at Tamahere in April 2008.



Icepak apology v. firefighter fury

Dec 16th, 2009 | By

Icepak’s apology for the April 5, 2008 fatal explosion at its Tamahere site was met with an icy response from the surviving firefighter victims.



Firemen thank hospital staff

Sep 20th, 2009 | By

They helped save firefighters’ lives, coming in from days off and performing miracles in the midst of tragedy.



Tales from a year after fire

Apr 6th, 2009 | By

In the second major feature story marking the first anniversary of the fatal Icepak Tamahere fire, the firefighters injured on that April day told Tracey Cooper of the Waikato Times about the events that changed their lives.



Firefighter's memorial unveiled

Apr 1st, 2009 | By

A plaque in memory of fallen firefighter Derek Lovell will remind new recruits at Hamilton central fire station of the dangers of their job,