Man escapes house fire
A Palmerston North street was blocked off when fire broke out in a central city house.
Fire officers were called to a rental property about half-way down Waldegrave Street just after 3.30pm today.
Palmerston North Fire Service station officer Bevan Clark said the fire broke out in a bedroom at the front of the house but the cause had not yet been determined.
One person was home at the time of the fire, but was not injured.
‘‘He was in the rear of the house and first he knew of it was when he heard a popping noise.’’
Smoke alarms were present in the house, but it was unclear whether they had batteries in them, Clark said.
The man made an attempt to rescue a puppy from the house, but it was not found by him nor by fire fighters.
The fire was ‘‘quite extensive’’ on arrival, but crews got it under control quickly, Clark said.
Two rooms at the front of the house were badly fire damaged, but the whole house had suffered smoke damage.
Clark said the street was blocked off because there was a hose running across the street, which could get damaged if run over.
The road reopened about 5pm.
The occupant of the house declined to comment.