Neigh­bours rally after fire

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - FLORENCE KERR

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.

CHRISTEL YARDLEY/FAIR­FAX NZ

A house on Pakaraka road near Ti­rau was gut­ted by fire.

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