Gary Ward was at an annual event honouring the efforts of volunteer firefighters in Bulls when the call came through.

There was a fire at 1 Victoria Ave which required the assistance of the Bulls crew, so they immediately cut their evening short and began driving towards the flames.

They were not the first to do so, two on-duty Whanganui crews called a second alarm requesting extra resources when they saw the flames punching at the sky.

On arrival at the burning building, the first responders from Whanganui knew how serious the situation was and transmitted a third alarm for

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