Firefighters were called to Sir Peter Jackson’s three-storey Wairarapa mansion after a fire alarm went off around 6 P.M. yesterday.
According to Masterton fire station officer Garry Nielsen, responders found no sign of smoke or fire, but instead discovered an unknown mist that had been contained to one room.
“We ventilated it and it didn’t come back, so we checked everything out. It didn’t appear to be a problem, so whatever caused it, it stopped happening,” he told APNZ, also stating that he was not concerned that they were unable to identify the mist.
“We don’t know what it was and that doesn’t particularly concern us, because we occasionally get something that’s unknown – electrical smells or something like that. That just seems to be just a blip.
“We’ve got thermal imaging cameras, we’ve got different things, so we just make sure there isn’t a risk of fire, and that’s our job done.”
The 37ha property was purchased by Sir Peter Jackson and partner Fran Walsh in 1998. In addition to featuring a lake, railway, and castle, the house has since been transformed into a two-towered mansion, complete with an indoor pool and 100-seat cinema.
The couple were not home at the time.