Children home when fire bomb thrown

Incendiary device causes smoke, heat damage

Last updated 10:31 18/04/2014
Fire bomb/molotov cocktail
UNDER INVESTIGATION: Emergency services were called to an address in Charwell Pl, Palmerston North, after a molotov cocktail was thrown at a house.

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Police are forensically examining the remnants of a fire bomb thrown at the front door of a Palmerston North home.

Four children and members of their family were inside the Charwell Pl home in Highbury when the ''incendiary device'' charred the front door and surrounding porch area in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Police and one fire truck from the Palmerston North station were called to the address at 2.35am where they found the fire was already out.

The door and small porch area around it was smoke damaged and smashed green glass was visible in the area when the Manawatu Standard visited the house yesterday.

Detective Sergeant Ashley Gurney said investigators had completed the scene examination and were looking into how much forensic information could be retrieved from materials at the scene.

Station officer Gary Hills, who was called to the fire, said the damage was mainly caused by smoke and heat, but there was a ''bit of burning''.

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

A woman at the house said the experience was scary.

Inspector Brett Calkin said whether the fire bomb was a traditional molotov cocktail or some other form was still being investigated.

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

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- Manawatu Standard

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