Fire guts waterfront property
A steady supply of Waiwera water helped firefighters stop a house fire spreading to neighbouring properties.
The fire's glow was seen by firefighters from State Highway 1 on their way to the Waiwera Strand waterfront classic Kiwi bach at about 2.20am on Thursday.
"It had been burning for quite some time before anyone called emergency services," Silverdale station officer Ted Fuller says.
"It was completely engulfed in flames. We had a good water supply which helped us bring the fire under control quickly."
Finding a water supply wasn't a problem for the two Silverdale trucks. Puhoi and Manly brigades also arrived.
"We understood from bystanders the place was being used as a holiday home," Mr Fuller says.
"People had been there the day before but it was cleared by the property manager so no-one was inside, so we went on the defensive and put our efforts into getting the fire contained.
"Flames had been licking the side of the neighbour's house."
The home was "too far gone" to enter.
Fire investigators are searching for the cause.