A New Plymouth woman was in bed when her home caught fire this morning.
Wendy Falconer, who rents on Brois St, said she was woken by loud "popping" and "cracking" sounds about 8am.
"I just woke up to a noise and I thought the cat might be going mad, so I got up and all I could see was black smoke," she said.
Once out of the house she called the fire department.
"When we got there it was really showing," Senior Station Officer Nick Burke said.
Mr Burke said two fire crews were called to the scene and put the fire out quickly.
"There is quite a bit of smoke and fire damage in the lounge area," he said.
Mr Burke said the cause of the fire was unknown and a fire safety officer was investigating.
Ms Falconer, who is on the invalids benefit, said she had tried to get insurance recently but couldn't afford the $80 down payment.
"I went to get insurance but it costs $40 a month and you have to pay two months up front," she said.
"I'm on the benefit and I can't afford the $80. They need to make it cheaper for people like me to get insurance."
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