Fire vic­tims home­less

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page -

Fire dev­as­tated a house on a Wal­ton farm on Satur­day leav­ing a young cou­ple and their baby home­less.

Mata­mata fire­fight­ers were called to the blaze on Camp­bell Rd at 1.31pm, af­ter a passer-by no­ticed smoke com­ing from the roof and rang 111.

Chief fire of­fi­cer Kevin Cur­tis said the fire was al­ready ‘‘ well in­volved’’ when they ar­rived.

‘‘It was quite se­ri­ous, prob­a­bly about 80 per cent of the house was de­stroyed.’’

Two fire trucks and two tankers, one from Mor­rinsville, at­tended the blaze, which took fire­fight­ers close to two hours to bring un­der con­trol.

The young fam­ily had moved into the farm prop­erty for the June 1 change over just days be­fore and were not home when it went up in flames, said Mr Cur­tis. Fire safety of­fi­cers are in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

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