Three people are in hospital after a blaze engulfed two neighbouring houses in Dunedin overnight.
Fire crews were called to the Andersons Bay properties about 10.15pm yesterday and were still at the scene at 7am today, senior communicator Daryl Ball said.
"On arrival we found [the fire] going well and unfortunately due to high winds it spread to another house," Ball said.
Three people from the first house, a two-storey dwelling, were taken to hospital suffering burns and smoke inhalation.
Five fire engines were at the scene.
An investigation into what caused the fire would begin this morning.
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