Suspicious fire destroys rumpus room

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Last updated 08:02 24/02/2014
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DESTROYED: Suspected arson of a garage on Carroll Street, Palmerston North.

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A suspicious fire at a Palmerston North property has destroyed a rumpus room, seeing musical instruments and couches go up in flames.

A garage at the rear of a house at 26 Carroll St, in Palmerston North, was gutted by fire yesterday.

Fire services were called to the house shortly after 4.30am on Sunday, but by that time the fire had taken hold.

Palmerston North senior station officer Graeme Mills said it was ''knocked over'' quickly and no one was injured but the garage, which looked like it housed an entertainment room, with a number of musical instruments, couches and other electronics, was ruined.

The block walls were burnt, and the roof had crumpled due to smoke damage.

''Everything in there was destroyed,'' he said.

The fire was deemed suspicious and the cause of it had yet to be determined, but fire safety and police were investigating, Mr Mills said.

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- Manawatu Standard

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