Tenants have to move after fire guts flat

Suspicious blaze forces tenants out

Last updated 12:00 13/02/2014
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UNDER INVESTIGATION: The second of six adjoining units at 804 Main St was gutted by fire on Tuesday night.

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Tenants from a block of Housing New Zealand flats in Palmerston North have been cleared out following a suspicious fire.

The second of six adjoining units at 804 Main St was gutted by fire on Tuesday night.

Fire services were called to the flat shortly after 7pm, but by that time the fire had taken hold.

One man was taken to Palmerston North Hospital with smoke inhalation and burns to his arm.

Fire service station officer Gary Hills said the fire was deemed suspicious, and fire safety and police were investigating yesterday.

The cause of the fire, however, had yet to be determined.

The flats were home to Mash Trust tenants, who were relocated yesterday while the damage to the flats was inspected.

Mash Trust chief executive Carol Searle said that there was smoke damage to some of the other units, but the full extent had yet to be determined.

Fire alarms were in the flats, alerting residents.

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