Canine saves family from fire
A dog's barks managed to save the lives of people in a burning house today, which police are investigating as a possible arson.
The house in the Lower Hutt suburb of Naenae was extensively damaged in the 5am blaze, police said.
The occupant was woken by his dog and alerted family members in time for them to get out without anyone being hurt.
Detective Constable Mark Sutton said the house did not have smoke alarms so there had been the potential for someone to be seriously hurt or even killed had the dog not raised the alarm.
There were some indications the fire in the Naenae Rd house could be suspicious, Sutton said.
Police would wait until a scene examination had been completed and they had seen a fire safety report before firming up ideas about the cause.
They were appealing for anyone who was in the Naenae Rd and Rata St area about 5am and who saw any suspicious activity to contact them directly or to call Crimestoppers (0800 274637).
- © Fairfax NZ News
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