Family asleep as fire starts
Three adults and a child were asleep when their Porirua house was seemingly set ablaze. Police are appealing for information after the fire on Northumberland St, Cannons Creek, early on Saturday. The house was badly damaged and the fire had been caused by arson, police said. Police were particularly keen to find a man seen in the area. He was described as a Ma¯ori or Pacific Islander in his late 20s to early 30s. He was wearing black jeans and a black and yellow singlet with ‘‘7’’ on the back. He had a black backpack.