Smoke alarms save the day

16:00, Feb 13 2014
Fire Applicance
ELECTRICAL FAULT: Three appliances attended a house fire in Te Atatu South.

A quick-thinking neighbour called 111 before a fire in a two-storey Te Atatu South home got out of control on Tuesday morning.

Fire crews were called to Alwyn Ave at 9.20am after the woman heard smoke alarms going off.

Te Atatu fire station officer Geoff Gardner says nobody was at homewhen the blaze broke out.

"She heard smoke alarms and the fact they were working meant we managed to catch the fire before it went through the floor and upstairs," he says.

"It was a good save."

Mr Gardner says there was "lots of smoke damage" to the home and investigators said the fire originated in an electrical fault in the hot water cupboard.

Mr Gardner stresses the importance of working smoke alarms.

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