Family escapes fire

17:34, Feb 24 2014

A family of eight, including four children, escaped a large house fire in Porirua last night.

Fire crews were called to Hereford St in Porirua about 8.30pm after the house caught fire.

A fire communications spokesman said about 10.30pm the fire was under control but crews were still dampening down hot spots until just before midnight.

He did not know what had caused the fire but said the house was severely damaged.

A Wellington Free Ambulance spokesman said there were eight people outside the house when paramedics arrived, and two were checked for symptoms of smoke inhalation at the scene.

A family member confirmed the four adults and four children living at the house were all at home and got out just in time.

Witnesses to the fire said in online comments that fire crews had acted quickly to get the fire under control to stop it spreading to nearby homes.

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