Fire in holiday home near Thames 'suspicious'
An early morning blaze that left a holiday home near Thames gutted is being treated as suspicious.
Calls reporting the home ablaze on the Thames Coast Rd at Waiomu came in at 5.50am on Tuesday, Northern Fire Communications shift manager Paul Radden said.
Fire crews from Thames and Tapu responded, along with a tanker from Puriri.
When fire crews arrived the back half of the home and a garage a metre away were completely engulfed in flames, Thames fire brigade senior station officer Shane Bromley said.
"The back of the house is gutted and so is the shed next door."
A total of 22 firefighters donned breathing gear and used low pressure hoses to douse the flames.
"We don't know exactly how the fire started, it started around the rear of the house but we don't know whether it's inside or outside."
Two rooms at the rear of the house were destroyed, Bromley said.
No one was home at the time of blaze.
Specialist Fire Investigator Kevin Holmes said the fire was being treated as suspicious.
Police were also in attendance.
Bromley said the blaze was a timely reminder to ensure people have working smoke alarms.