Roof catches fire

The Horowhenua Mail - - FRONT PAGE - STAFF RE­PORTER

An el­derly man is in hos­pi­tal af­ter a blaze - sus­pected to be linked to his fire­place - ig­nited and spread through his roof.

Fire, po­lice and am­bu­lance emer­gency ser­vices were called on Mon­day to the Rimu Rd, Kapiti Coast house, north of Welling­ton.

The fire came as the Kapiti Coast hun­kered down for an­other down­pour on Mon­day, af­ter po­lar winds and rain the pre­vi­ous week.

Neigh­bour Paul De­vany said he heard some­thing hap­pen­ing about 9:15am.

‘‘I heard some noise, and it was the fire brigade rolling the hose down the drive­way.

‘‘I came out and all I could see was smoke.

‘‘The house was en­veloped in smoke.’’

He said he thought the chim­ney caught fire, then some­thing in the roof.

By 10am there were five fire trucks on Rimu Rd deal­ing with the blaze. An am­bu­lance ar­rived at the scene a few min­utes later.

Shortly af­ter mid­day Kapiti Coast District Coun­cil said a traf­fic di­ver­sion be­tween the Rimu Rd round­about and Fi­esta Grove could be in place for up to three hours. An early morn­ing call saw dis­as­ter averted in Levin af­ter the cause of a smoke-filled bath­room was dis­cov­ered in an un­likely area.

Fire crews rushed to the BP on Ox­ford St about 3am on Thurs­day af­ter they re­ceived re­ports of smoke in the bath­room.

Chief fire of­fi­cer Lind­sayWalker said they used ther­mal imag­ing to see where the smoke was com­ing from, but could not de­ter­mine a cause.

How­ever, when leav­ing, one of their crew no­ticed stains around a por­tion of the roof near the exit.

Walker said when they pointed their ther­mal imag­ing sys­tem to­wards the stains around a down­light, they re­alised that was where the fire was.

PHOTO: ADAM POULOPOULOS/STUFF

Fire­fight­ers at the Kapiti Coast house.

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