House engulfed in Invercargill blaze
Fire investigators are working to determine the cause of a blaze that engulfed an Invercargill home tonight.
Invercargill fire senior station officer Alan Goldsworthy said emergency services were called to the Lithgow Pl house, in Glengarry, at 7pm.
Four fire engines, with just under 20 crew, responded to the blaze, which was well-involved upon their arrival, he said.
"We could see quite a plume of smoke en-route, and when we got to it there was fire coming the windows on the north side and part of the roof had collapsed.
"At that stage we couldn't ascertain if everybody was out, so we sent some guys in to do a search and they confirmed there was nobody in the place,'' he said.
The fire was a "pretty straight-forward search and extinguish'' but firefighters did have to be mindful of the partially-collapsed, concrete tile roof, he said.
Emergency services were still trying to track down the occupants of the property, who neighbours said may have moved out, he said.
The house suffered extensive damage in the blaze - one room, possibly a bedroom, was severly fire-damaged while the remainder of the house suffered smoke and heat damage throughout, Mr Goldsworthy said.
Fire investigations officers attended the scene to determine what may have caused the blaze, he said.
The Southland Times