Molotov cocktails thrown at sleepout

MATT BOWEN
Last updated 09:16 27/06/2014

Relevant offers

Crime

Alex Fisher case: Killer Eric McIsaac had been out of jail for just 83 days Man castrates dog with a stanley knife, gets community work Texts reveal Renee Duckmanton's boyfriend's growing concerns Budget 2016: $291m boost to ease pressure on overstretched prison system Two people accused of murdering James Whatuira "confessed" to prisoner Police wages fund topped up but no money for new recruitment Jury finds farmer - not nature - diverted Taranaki stream Online lothario Paul William Abbott appears near Christchurch Guilty pleas to drug dealing operation exposed by undercover cops Jono Paul Wilson denied parole for attack on couples

A Waikato pair fled their double-garage sleep-out this morning after Molotov cocktails were allegedly thrown inside.

A Fire Service investigator is due to analyse the scene on rural Ngarua Rd, southwest of Te Aroha, this morning and police are investigating.

A 28-year-old woman is now helping police with their inquiries.

But Fire Service spokeswoman Dallas Ramsey said the fire was suspicious and two Molotov cocktails were believed to be the cause of the fire.

The blaze had petered out by the time the Te Aroha Volunteer Fire Brigade arrived following the emergency call at 5am.

All three of the east-Waikato's town's fire engines responded and dampened down hot spots.

Senior station officer Roger Clark described the building as a "big double garage" with a sleep-out attached to the side of it.

"There was damage to one of the rooms in the bathroom area and the back of the garage walls but it's still standing," he said.

There were two people inside when the fire flared but they managed to get out in time, he said.

"They were probably a bit shaken up with what happened, but other than that they were fine and wanted another bed to sleep in."

Clarke said firefighters were told when they arrived that someone had tried to set fire to the house.

The shed and sleep-out building was about five metres away from the main dwelling and Clark said the flames might have spread to it if they got out of control.

Ad Feedback

- Waikato

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content