House roof catches fire

Kapiti Observer - - FRONT PAGE - STAFF RE­PORTER

An el­derly Kapiti man was taken to hospi­tal af­ter a blaze - sus­pected to be linked to his fire­place - ig­nited and spread through the roof of his home.

Fire, po­lice and am­bu­lance emer­gency ser­vices were called on Mon­day to the house in Rimu Rd, Para­pa­raumu.

Neigh­bour Paul De­vany said he heard some­thing hap­pen­ing about 9:15am.

‘‘I heard some noise, and it was the fire bri­gade rolling the hose down the drive­way. I came out and all I could see was smoke. The house was en­veloped in smoke.’’

He said he thought the chim­ney caught fire, then some­thing in the roof.

By 10am there were five fire trucks on Rimu Rd deal­ing with the blaze. An am­bu­lance ar­rived at the scene a few min­utes later.

Para­pa­raumu Fire Sta­tion of­fi­cer Steve Hud­son said fire fight­ers ar­rived to find the fire well ablaze - spread­ing through the roof and into the porch area of the prop­erty.

Hud­son said he was un­sure of the fire’s ex­act cause, but it could have been fire­place-re­lated, start­ing on the out­side of the house and spread­ing into the roof­ing.

There was ex­ten­sive dam­age in the roof, and smoke dam­age in the in­te­rior, he said.

An el­derly male, the only per­son home at the time, was taken to Welling­ton Hospi­tal for treat­ment for smoke in­hala­tion, Hud­son said.

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