Boy saves family fire
A Ngaruawahia family had a close call when their house caught fire at 4am on Friday.
It appeared a plastic bucket full of hot ashes from a fire was left on a wooden deck of a home on Kent St, Ngaruawahia, Fire Chief Karl Lapwood said.
The heat increased, igniting the bucket and burning a hole through the deck.
Fire then burned through the wood and into the wall of the house, filling it with smoke.
‘‘One of the kids woke up to the house full of smoke and alerted the rest of the family,’’ Lapwood said.
With no working smoke alarms, it was incredibly lucky the young primary school age boy awoke and got the family of five or six out, he said.
‘‘If he hadn’t woken up it would have taken hold.
‘‘They were all a bit shaken up by it.’’
All homes needed working smoke alarms for incidents like this, he said.
Ashes also needed to be placed in a steel bucket or barrell and kept well clear of any buildings.
It was one of five homes to catch fire on Friday.
About the same time, Morrinsville fire crews were called to a house fire.
A possible electrical fire had ignited in the ceiling of a home, Ruru said.