Body found af­ter house fire

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When smoke drifted across Don­ald Mcin­tyre’s home, he thought his neigh­bour was in­cin­er­at­ing gar­den waste in a 200 litre steel drum.

His Toko­roa neigh­bour would of­ten dis­pose of the leaves and clip­pings in a small con­trolled fire.

So on Mon­day, when Mcin­tyre saw smoke come across the top of his house again, he thought lit­tle of it and and con­tin­ued on with his daily rou­tine.

But ob­scured out the back of his house his neigh­bour’s house was en­gulfed in flames and a man lay dead in the garage.

At 10.45am on Mon­day, emer­gency crews were alerted to the fire which ripped through the house on a rear sec­tion at Car­ring­ton Crescent.

Ac­cord­ing to elec­toral roll, Stephen John Ea­gle is the sole oc­cu­pant of the house.

Fire com­mu­ni­ca­tions shift man­ager Scott Os­mond said the house was fully en­gulfed in flames.

Mcin­tyre said they saw the blaze from down in the Toko­roa town cen­tre and rushed to his house fear­ing he had be­come a vic­tim.

Climb­ing to the roof, he did what he could to pro­tect his own prop­erty with hose and wa­ter.

"For a while there I thought it was go­ing to come through the fence."

Toko­roa fire chief Dave Mor­ris said five fire crews had at­tended the fire, which had been en­hanced by two gas cylin­ders out­side the house.

When they ar­rived, they told Mcin­tyre to move back a safe dis­tance.

They brought the fire un­der con­trol by 11.30am.

While search­ing the un­at­tached garage, which was not af­fected by the fire, fire­fight­ers found a dead body.

Po­lice said nei­ther the fire nor the death is sus­pi­cious.

PHOTO: CHRIS­TEL YARDLEY/FAIR­FAX NZ

Bot­tlers pay lit­tle more than $1 for 1000 litres of wa­ter and sell it for as much as $2.60 per litre.

A fire en­gulfed a house in Toko­roa and a man was found dead in the un­at­tached garage.

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