Molotov cocktails thrown at sleepout

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

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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.

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