Havelock North fire ravages house
HAWKE'S BAY REPORTER
A family are this morning coming to terms with having lost everything in a fire that ravaged their home.
A smoke alarm woke the family about 10pm last night after curtains caught fire. The woman got her two children out of their Havelock North house before raising the alarm. No-one was injured.
She was too traumatised to speak to The Dominion Post as she looked at the burnt-out shell of her home this morning.
The family, which did not own the house, has been offered temporary accommodation by friends.
Chief fire officer Alvan Wakeford said the smoke alarms did their job but it was too late to save the house by the time the three trucks arrived.
''The house was basically destroyed,'' Mr Wakeford said.
Fire investigators are looking into what caused the fire.
It is the second significant fire in the region this week.
Hastings Police are investigating a suspicious shed fire at the back of the Gordon Rd shops on Monday night. Another Hawke's Bay family were devastated at the loss of personal possessions including a piano.
Detective Rob Parker of Hastings CIB said work was continuing with fire investigation staff to establish how the fire started and that the people leasing the shed were understandably upset.
Police are seeking any information on suspicious persons, vehicles or activity in and around the Gordon Road shops area between 7pm and 8pm on Monday night.If you have any information please contact Detective Parker at the
Hastings Police Station on 873 0500 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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