Puppy missing after blaze

Last updated 12:00 28/08/2014
puppy housefire
The fire-damaged house in Waldergrave St, Palmerston North.

Relevant offers

A Palmerston North street was blocked off when fire broke out in a central city house.

Firefighters were called to a rental property about halfway down Waldegrave St just after 3.30pm yesterday.

Palmerston North Fire Service station officer Bevan Clark said the fire broke out in one of the front rooms of the house, a bedroom, 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 firefighters.

Two rooms at the front of the house were badly fire-damaged, but the whole house had smoke damage.

Clark said the street was blocked off because there was a hose feeder running across the street which could get damaged if run over.

The road reopened about 5pm.

Ad Feedback

- Manawatu Standard


Special offers
Opinion poll

Should Manawatu's earthquake-prone buildings be yellow-stickered?

Yes, risks are too great not to

Only if they're really dangerous

No, there's no need

Absolutely not, it would damage business

Vote Result

Related story: Council won't use earthquake-risk stickers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content