A multimillion-dollar Waiheke Island mansion has gone up in flames.
The 1990 mansion was set ablaze on Saturday as part of a firefighting drill on the Hauraki Gulf island.
Up to 45 volunteer firefighters took part in the exercise.
The house was bought for $14.25m in August 2014. The current owners wanted it gone to make way for a new home. The cheapest way to do that was to burn it down!
Firefighters spent the past month planning for today’s controlled burn-off.
Fire Service Counties-Manukau area manager Larry Cocker said on the eve of the controlled fire:
“We get a structure to practise with and realistic training for our volunteers and the owners get the house burnt to the ground.”