Fire in kitchen in family's absence

03:34, Sep 27 2012
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New Plymouth firefighters were called to a kitchen fire at a Tukapa St home yesterday.

A New Plymouth family arrived home to the sound of smoke alarms yesterday when a fire started in their absence.

New Plymouth firefighters were called to the Tukapa St home about 3.50pm yesterday after being alerted by the family.

Senior station officer Nick Burke said two fire engines had attended the fire, with a second alarm transmitted after water became a concern.

"When we got there the fire was starting to penetrate the ceiling, so damage could have been a lot greater had it been left much longer."

Firefighters spent about 15 minutes controlling the fire, but remained at the scene until about 6pm.

Mr Burke said the fire started in the kitchen. The cause remained unknown.

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