Eketahuna farmhouse 'pretty much destroyed' by fire

KATHRYN KING
Last updated 12:00 04/07/2014

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Four generations of memories went up in flames as a farmhouse in Eketahuna was partly gutted by fire.

Fire crews from Eketahuna, Pahiatua and Woodville were called to the family home, in Pa Valley Rd, Alfredton, shortly after 1pm on Wednesday.

The home, owned by Tom and Lisa Sims, had been in their family for four generations and the couple had lived there for 25 years, and have four children.

No-one was home at the time of the fire.

Fire investigators and insurance assessors were at the property yesterday, but the cause of the fire had yet to be determined.

The house was fully insured, and their local community, family and friends had ensured that they wanted for nothing, Lisa Sims said.

"We're very well supported here. Everyone really supports each other around Alfredton; it's a very strong rural community."

The couple were staying with neighbours and had a house to rent while they awaited word from their insurers as to what their next step would be.

They were thankful they could save most of their photos, which were in another part of the house.

Their children went to boarding school so had some of their personal items there, but were naturally upset about the fire.

Eketahuna fire chief Max Mayer said it took firefighters just under an hour to get the blaze under control, and although the farmhouse was still standing it was "pretty much destroyed" on the inside.

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- Manawatu Standard

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