Arsonist at work

18:42, Feb 19 2013

Taumarunui police are hunting for an arsonist after two suspicious fires destroyed a home and shed on Monday.

The first fire happened about 10.50pm at a house on a rural property in Whakapapa Rd, Kakahi, about 20 kilometres southeast of Taumarunui.

About 90 minutes after the fire was put out, a shed on the same property was set alight.

Initial investigations show that the first fire was lit beneath the house minutes before the four occupants escaped. Anyone with information is asked to contact police.