Family home badly hit by fire

LOUISE BERWICK
Last updated 05:00 26/05/2014
gore house fire
NICOLE JOHNSTONE/ Fairfax NZ

AFTERMATH: A fire ripped through this Norton St house in Gore.

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A fire ravaged a house in Gore during the weekend while the owners were away.

Fire southern communications shift manager Andrew Norris said Gore and Mataura fire brigades responded to a call from a neighbour of the Norton St property about 4.40pm on Saturday.

Emergency services raced to the scene but found the house well alight on arrival, he said.

Crews remained there well into the evening dampening down hot spots, he said.

The cause of the fire was not apparent and fire investigator Michael Harrison, of Dunedin, who spent yesterday at the house said it was hard to determine.

The family who lived there were in shock about the fire and did not wish to comment, he said.

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