Police probe house fire-bombing

Last updated 09:00 19/04/2014
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 Place home in Highbury when the "incendiary device" charred the front door and surrounding porch area in the early hours of Thursday.

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

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

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

Fire station officer Gary Hills said the damage was mainly caused by smoke and heat damage 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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