Fire bomb thrown at Palmerston North house

Last updated 11:08 17/04/2014
UNDER INVESTIGATION: Emergency services were called to an address in Charwell St this morning, after a molotov cocktail was thrown at a house.

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LATEST: Four children and members of their family were in a Palmerston North home when a fire bomb was thrown at its front door in the early hours of this morning.

Police and one fire truck from the Palmerston North station were called to an address on Charwell Pl in Highbury at 2.34am where they found the fire was already out.

The door and small porch area around it was charred and smashed green glass was visible in the area when the Manawatu Standard visited the house this morning.

''There was a little bit of burning but it was mainly smoke and heat damage,'' station officer Gary Hills said.

Police and fire safety investigators were treating the fire as arson, Hills said. Investigations at the scene this morning were completed while a guard watched over the house.

A woman at the house said the experience was scary and said police had told them not to comment to media.

Inspector Brett Calkin said an ''incendiary device'' was thought to have been thrown at the house.

Whether it was a traditional molotov cocktail or some other form of firebomb was still being investigated, Calkin said.

Nobody was in custody as a result of the incident, he said.

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