Electric blanket fire sends one to hospital

On person was taken to hospital after an electric blanket caught fire in a Waihi home overnight.

The Waihi Volunteer Fire Brigade responded to an emergency call on Dobson St just after 1am.

Firefighters arrived to find a faulty electric blanket had ignited bed linen, Fire Service spokesman Jaron Phillips said.

He warned people to never fall asleep with an electric blanket turned on.

Firefighters removed the bedding from the house and ventilated the rooms.

He confirmed one person was treated for smoke inhalation but there was no record of burn injuries. 

Meanwhile, a broken water main at Taupo had started flooding houses this morning.

Firefighters were called to the scene on Rifle Range Rd at 6.51am.

Phillips said they pumped water out of one property's's basement and there were potential issues at nearby Gillies Ave.

Waikato Times