House fire in Feilding

Two homes destroyed within minutes

KATHRYN KING
Last updated 13:15 03/02/2014
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INVESTIGATION: Firefighters inspect the damaged home.

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SCENE: Feilding firefighters at the scene of the blaze.

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LATEST: The tenants of a Feilding property were not home when their house went up in flames this morning. 

Fire crews were called a house fire at a Heatherlea Heights property just before 11:30am. 

The house was "fully involved" when fire crews arrived but no one was inside at the time. 

Manawatu area commander Mitchell Brown said the fire started inside the house in one of the back rooms but it was too early to determine the cause.

The fire spread to most of the house and began to come through the roof. 

Four fire trucks and an ambulance attended the scene after neighbours raised the alarm. 

Mr Brown said a quick response meant neighbouring properties were not affected.

No one was injured.

Witness Charmaine Pene said she was outside, three houses, down when she smelt smoke. She said the fire took hold really quickly. 

''It just started and it wouldn't stop,'' she said. 

''I was just about to hang the washing out.'' 

Sue Buckley, who lives not far from the destroyed home, saw the fire and spoke to the occupants after going to have a look.

The affected family, which included two parents, a four-year-old boy, an 18-month-old girl, and a baby due within the next few weeks, had lost everything.

Meanwhile, the fire service were also attending a house fire at Cornfoots Rd in Turakina near Marton.

Acting shift manager Craig Dally said four or five trucks were at the site of the fire that began just after 11am.

"I don't know whether anyone was in the house, but everyone has been accounted for so no one was home."

No further details were available.  

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- Manawatu Standard

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