Fire destroys Fairlie house

00:02, May 06 2014
fairlie house fire
SKELETON STANDING: A shell remains of a Fairlie house destroyed by fire.

A large blaze has destroyed a two-storey house in Fairlie.

Residents were lucky to escape the inferno on Opihi St but lost most of their belongings, Fairlie Volunteer Fire Brigade chief Jim Irving said.

He said a male had gone outside, but when he returned to the house about 8.30pm, it was engulfed in flames.

"The occupants of the house, including four children were very lucky to get out. It just happened so quick. All they had time to do was get the children out and get out - it was all over in a matter of minutes."

Twenty-two fire fighters, including two crews from Fairlie and one from Albury, battled the fire for three hours.

Fire Safety NZ will visit the scene today to examine the cause.

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The Timaru Herald