Fire fighters were busy tackling blazes across the region in the early hours of this morning, including a suspicious fire in Hillcrest.
City fire officers responded to an emergency call on Silverdale Rd, Hillcrest, at 3.34am.
A car, carport and rubbish at the house were on fire when firefighters arrived and the blaze is being treated as suspicious, northern fire communications manager Scott Osmond said.
The commotion woke the neighbours, including university student Nicole Schlager.
"We just heard a loud explosion," she said.
"It was glowing red through the curtains and the whole car port was up in flames. We immediately thought the car exploded''.
They shifted their cars to into the lee of their flat because embers were billowing over the fence.
An hour earlier, the Putaruru Volunteer Fire Brigade responded to a hay barn fire on Mangare Rd.
Mr Osmond said the structure was engulfed in flames on arrival and fire fighters let it burn out.
At 12.30 am, another suspicious fire appeared to have broken out at the Sunburst Coffee Lounge in Thames.
Mr Osmond said there was a ''small fire'' in rear of of the building.
Police and the power authority were requested to assist, but it was later discovered that a power box short circuited and set to a wheely bin.
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