Historic house destroyed
Four tenants of a house in Marston Rd, Timaru, escaped without harm late at night after the property went up in flames.
A family of three in the front flat and one single occupant in the back, escaped safely from the fire to which the Timaru Fire Service was called at 11pm on Friday.
The owner of the rental property, nurseryman John Beattie, who lives next door, was too upset to speak about the fire yesterday.
However, it is believed it may have originally been the Timaru Brickworks manager's house.
South Canterbury Historical Society president Ray Bennett said the house was the first on the road and he dated it to about 1885-1890. Although humble looking from the street, it was a fairly imposing house that could well have been the brickworks manager's house, he said.
Timaru Fire Service senior station officer Kevin Donaldson said the fire started in a bedroom and required three units on site for four hours.
The cause of the blaze was being investigated yesterday.
"It's believed there may not have been any smoke alarms in the house and someone may have re-entered the house to grab some possessions", which they should not have done, he said.
"On arrival of the fire service we found everyone out of the building." He described the house as uninhabitable.
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