Nine escape house fire
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.