A house fire on Hurford Rd last night was called in when a passersby spotted in from the road.
Senior station officer Steve Dombroski said firefighters were called to the property about 8pm.
"The house was fairly well involved when we got there," he said.
"It was contained to the kitchen roof and the lounge."
Mr Dombroski said 16 firefighters spent 15 minutes getting the fire under control, but spent much longer dampening down hot spots.
Investigations into the exact cause of the fire are continuing but Mr Dombroski said it appeared the mains power cable had arced up and set the house alight.
"The cable has been blown right off the house," he said.
"So that's where we are investigating at the moment."
No one was in the house at the time of the fire.
- Taranaki Daily News
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