A search has found no one inside a house which caught fire this afternoon in Newtown, Wellington.
Eight fire trucks and 32 fire fighters attended the blaze after they were called out just after 12.30pm.
Assistant area commander Dave Key said four fire fighters had done a primary search and were "99 per cent sure" there was nobody in the house.
Incident controller Brett Lockyer said there was evidence from neighbours that syringes and drug paraphernalia had been found in the house before the fire.
Although it was too early to know what started it, Mr Key said an investigation would begin this afternoon.
A Fire Service spokesman said seven fire trucks were at the scene – an old wooden house behind the McDonald’s restaurant in the south Wellington suburb.
Neighbour Jeffrey Alcaraz said the house was derelict but was often frequented by homeless people.
Millward St was blocked off and it was likely Rintoul St would also be blocked.
Sector commander John Devereux said fire fighters were "probably looking for a dead person if the initial reports are correct".
- © Fairfax NZ News
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