Nine es­cape house fire

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A Ti­maru house was left gut­ted by a blaze that ripped through it yes­ter­day morn­ing.

Sta­tion of­fi­cer Trevor Kar­ton said two fire crews from Ti­maru were called to a house fire on Dunkirk St just af­ter 10.30am.

Kar­ton said they could see the plume of smoke shortly af­ter leav­ing the fire sta­tion.

‘‘As we left the sta­tion at Washdyke, we could see the smoke ris­ing above the trees. We came around the cor­ner [of Dunkirk St] and the flames were com­ing out of all of the win­dows.

‘‘We got to work with two high­pres­sure hoses.‘‘

Ky­ron Stu­art, who lives a few doors down, said the first thing he saw was smoke ris­ing from the burn­ing build­ing.

‘‘I was out­side do­ing chores. I looked over the fence and saw smoke.

‘‘I thought it was my friend’s house. I jumped over the fence and ran up here to make sure ev­ery­body was out.’’

Kar­ton said three fire en­gines from Ti­maru and one from Te­muka had brought 16 fire­fight­ers to the scene.

Kar­ton thought nine peo­ple had been in the front of the house and had been alerted to the fire, which started in the back of the prop­erty.

‘‘At this stage we have got no idea what the cause was.‘‘

Sergeant Sam Winch­ester of Ti­maru po­lice said it was a timely re­minder of the need for every house to be fit­ted with a work­ing smoke alarm.

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