Porirua fire dev­as­tat­ing

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS -

A Porirua fam­ily es­caped with the clothes on their back and a few per­sonal items when fire gut­ted their home in Ma­her Pl last Tues­day.

As fire­fight­ers worked to quell the last of the hotspots, the fam­ily, in­clud­ing sev­eral young chil­dren, sat on the foot­path, a com­puter among their saved pos­ses­sions.

Neigh­bours re­ported see­ing smoke pour­ing from the wooden home and ran to help. June Rameka and her fam­ily bat­tled through the ris­ing heat and black smoke and urged the fam­ily mem­bers still inside to get out.

Porirua se­nior sta­tion of­fi­cer Trevor Shee­han said it seemed ba­sic fire safety mes­sages had been ig­nored.

‘‘It looks like unat­tended cook­ing may have been to blame and there were no smoke alarms,’’ he said.

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