Rubbish fire damages villa

KELSEY FLETCHER
Last updated 08:21 14/02/2014

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A 100-year-old Palmerston North villa was damaged after a rubbish fire spread and lit the bottom of the building. 

The Milson Fire Brigade was called out to a Ruahine St address shortly after 9.30pm yesterday.

Milson Fire Brigade station officer Mark Cooper said the fire had mainly been extinguished by the occupants of the house.

''It appears to have started in a pile of rubbish and then travelled onto the house,'' he said.

"We investigated and extinguished the rest of the fire which had travelled in the wall so we removed some exterior boards and made sure it was out.

''They were lucky in the fact they were still up and noticed the smoke because there were no smoke alarms in the house.''

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

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- Manawatu Standard

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