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Firefighters battle Blenheim blaze

Smoke engulfs house as fire takes hold

Last updated 11:30 07/07/2014
 major house fire
SCOTT HAMMOND/FAIRFAX NZ
ON THE SCENE: Firefighters attempt to bring a major house fire under control in Blenheim on Monday morning.

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Up to 15 firefighters are tackling a house fire in Blenheim.

The blaze at a property on Alana Pl started about 10.45am this morning.

The house is totally engulfed with thick smoke and barely visible from the road.

Firefighters with breathing apparatus have climbed on​ ​to the roof, while others tackle the flames from inside.

Two firemen have emerged from the house covered in thick, black soot. Four fire appliances are at the scene.

A woman who called the emergency services said three men tried to put out the fire before firefighters arrived.

They smashed the windows and put a hose into the house, she said.

It is believed no one is in the house, however, two cats may be.

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- The Marlborough Express

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