Levin house fire confirmed as suspicious

LUCY TOWNEND AND KATHRYN KING
Last updated 14:01 14/01/2014
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MURRAY WILSON/FAIRFAX NZ

GUTTED: The house suffered extensive damage in the fire.

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LATEST: Police have confirmed a house fire in Horowhenua is suspicious.

Levin firefighters were called to the single storey rental house on Rugby St in Levin at about 11pm yesterday after multiple 111 calls came in.

Levin fire chief Lindsay Walker said the two bedroom house was well ablaze when firefighters arrived.

It appears to have started in a bedroom before spreading to other areas of the house.

Neighbours surrounding the home heard bangs and crashes before the house erupted into flame.

Carenna Payton said she was woken by sirens and by the time she looked out, could see flames coming out of the roof and through the boards around the bottom of the house.

The house had been occupied by noisy, troublesome tenants who she had called police and noise control on in the past.

''The police were there nearly every week'', she said.

The street was otherwise quiet, she said.

Damage from the fire caused the roof to collapse, charred walls, left other rooms extensively smoke-logged and only a small percentage of floor space able to be walked on.

The roof, made of concrete piles, had firefighters concerned it would cave in during their efforts, so the blaze could only be fought from outside.

Two engines doused the flames in the house and a neighbour on the northern side of the house tried to keep the fire from spreading to nearby bushes by using a garden hose.

Fire fighters were unable to find anyone on the property and it was understood tenants had moved out earlier that day, Mr Walker said.

CIB are investigating. 

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