Family escapes fire

Firefighters take a break after putting out a house fire in Waitara.
Firefighters take a break after putting out a house fire in Waitara.

Firefighters spent about 20 minutes putting out a blaze at a Waitara house yesterday afternoon.

The alarm was raised just before 5pm and the fire was attended by four engines.

The family of four, including a baby, who lived in the home were uninjured.

Two crews wearing breathing apparatus fought the blaze.

Waitara deputy chief fire officer Greg Cox said because of strong wind there was a concern that the fire might spread to the neighbouring house, but it was extinguished in time.

''The family had working smoke alarms that alerted them to the fire,'' he said.

The cause of the blaze is being investigated but Mr Cox said at this stage it was believed to have started in the house's lounge.

Taranaki Daily News