Puppy missing after blaze
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.