Careless discard of cigarettes
A fire sparked by carelessly discarded cigarettes has caused extensive damage to a Mt Roskill house.
Four people managed to escape unharmed from their house on Griffen Park Rd after it caught fire at 3.30am on May 19.
Neighbours say they woke to see the fire engines arriving at the scene and black smoke billowing from the windows of the threebedroom house.
Fire Service northern communications shift manager Paul Radden says everyone was accounted for on the crew’s arrival.
Three fire engines and crews responded to the early morning call-out with brigades arriving from Mt Roskill, Avondale and Balmoral.
One crew remained at the scene for most of the next day to dampen down hotspots, Radden says.
The house is cordoned off and the occupants returned to the scene the next day to remove their belongings.
Fire investigator Linda McHugh says the fire appears to have started by carelessly discarded cigarettes.
It’s so important to ensure all cigarettes are discarded carefully in metal containers, McHugh says.