Bach de­stroyed in Man­gakino

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - PHILLIPA YALDEN

A bach was com­pletely de­stroyed by fire in Man­gakino early Mon­day morn­ing.

It was ini­tially thought two peo­ple were still in­side the bach, how­ever that proved not to be the case.

Two peo­ple had been stay­ing at the house, North­ern Fire Com­mu­ni­ca­tions shift man­ager Jaron Phillips said.

Man­gakino Fire Chief Craig Snow­ball said fire crews had been un­able to search one part of the ‘‘gut­ted’’ home straight be­cause of a col­lapsed roof. A was parked in the drive­way, spark­ing fears there might be peo­ple still in the house.

When fire­fight­ers first ar­rived Snow­ball said the 100 sqm bach was en­gulfed in flames.

Their first con­cern was to pro­tect the neigh­bour­ing home - a mere two me­tres from the blaz­ing bach.

‘‘The whole house was on fire, it was pretty close. All we were do­ing was pro­tect­ing ex­po­sures the shed out the back and the neigh­bour’s house.

‘‘There were quite a few peo­ple out­side when we ar­rived.’’

Once backup ar­rived, and there were 16 fire­fight­ers on site, they dealt with the fire in­side the home.

The home was owned by peo­ple from out­side Man­gakino, Snow­ball said, but it had been rented out for the week. He was try­ing to find out the where­abouts of those peo­ple.

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