‘Hor­ren­dous’ fire guts fam­ily home

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A wo­man on Mt Roskill’s Yeats Way woke to a ‘‘hor­ren­dous noise’’ and looked to see her neigh­bour’s house ‘‘ex­plod­ing’’.

He­len Eastabrook said she could feel the heat from the fire from the sec­ond storey of her home after the blaze started about 2am on Wed­nes­day.

‘‘We heard voices but it sounded like teenagers hav­ing a party. [The sound] was ex­plod­ing glass.’’

A Fire Ser­vice spokes­woman said eight fire crews, and sev­eral other sup­port ve­hi­cles, were called to the blaze at the Mt Roskill prop­erty.

The oc­cu­pants of the two storey home es­caped un­harmed, she said.

Fire­fight­ers had to work quickly to stop the fire spread­ing to ad­join­ing prop­er­ties along Yeats Way.

Eastabrook didn’t know the fam­ily who had lived there sev­eral years but was ‘‘glad they’re all OK’’.

Later on Wed­nes­day, ex­tended fam­ily gath­ered to com­fort their dis­tressed rel­a­tives sur­vey­ing their stoved-in two storey home.

Two cars parked in the drive­way of the prop­erty were also de­stroyed by the fierce blaze.

Fire­fight­ers on scene damp­en­ing-down the blaze said it was likely a dig­ger would be needed to reach the fire’s still white-hot cen­tre buried un­der charred rub­ble.

SI­MON MAUDE/FAIR­FAX NZ

A fire de­stroyed a house in Yeats Way, Mt Roskill.

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