Early fire in Manaia

DEENA COSTER
Last updated 09:23 14/08/2014

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Quick action from the occupants of a Manaia home saved it from going up in flames this morning.

Emergency services attended a call-out to a Hassard St address at about 6.15am after the residents at the address raised the alarm about a fire in the lounge.

Manaia Fire Brigade's chief fire officer Shane Taylor said three fire engines attended the blaze, including one each from Okaiawa and Hawera.

He said the fire, which began behind the chimney, was put out within 15 minutes, but a 12 man crew remained at the scene for about and hour and a half, trying to ascertain how it started.

''We're still investigating the cause,'' he said.

Taylor praised the quick action of the two men living at the house and said the blaze could have been much worse than it was.

Both men escaped injury.

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