Neighbours rally after fire
A fire that swept through a South Waikato family’s home has brought a tight-knit community even closer together.
Although no-one who lived at the Pakaraka Rd address east of Tirau was injured, one firefighter suffered heatstroke and required medical attention.
The house was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived at 6.24pm on Monday.
A Pakaraka resident, who did not want to be named, said she was alerted to the fire when neighbours rang her.
‘‘The house is completely gutted. I know [the house owner] saved a few things from the house, she was there with her son, but couldn’t get a lot out because the fire got big fast.
‘‘It’s very sad for our small little community. They are well known and respected in our area. I am just very thankful that noone was hurt in the fire.’’
‘‘We will go over and lend a hand and see what we can do to help out.’’
The longtime neighbour said the house was built more than fifty years ago and the family moved in more than 10 years ago.
Ten fire crews from Tirau, Putaruru, Matamata and Ngongotaha, plus two rural tankers, responded to the fire on Monday.
It is unknown what started the blaze.
Fire investigators are looking into how the fire started.
A house on Pakaraka road near Tirau was gutted by fire.