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Investigation into child assault following fire

EMMA WHITTAKER
Last updated 09:31 14/08/2014
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EMMA WHITTAKER / Fairfax NZ

The scene of the fire at Mt Smart Rd, Auckland.

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Police are investigating an assault on a child following a house fire in Auckland yesterday.

The fire on Mt Smart Rd appears to have been started by a child playing with lighter and the alleged assault is related, Eastern area inspector Mark Benefield said.

A man has been interviewed by police but it is not yet known if he will face charges, Benefield said.

The fire broke out just before 1.30pm.

Multiple 111 calls were made.

Part of Mt Smart Rd was closed while emergency services dealt with the incident.

A man and a boy were taken to hospital.

One bedroom in the house is extensively damaged, fire investigator Lynda McHugh said.

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