Fire tears through home

The Tribune (NZ) - - CONVERSATIONS -

Three peo­ple have es­caped from a house fire in Palmer­ston North.

The fire, be­lieved to have started in the kitchen, tore through the house on Upham Tce in Roslyn, a fire spokesman said.

Palmer­ston North se­nior sta­tion of­fi­cer Scott Bell said three peo­ple were home at the time of the blaze, about 10am on Fri­day, but they all es­caped with­out se­ri­ous in­jury.

One per­son was treated for smoke in­hala­tion.

Work­ing smoke alarms in the prop­erty were thought to have alerted the oc­cu­pants to the fire.

‘‘The house is ex­ten­sively dam­aged,’’ Bell said.

The cause of the fire was un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, but it was a timely re­minder for peo­ple to ‘‘keep look­ing while you’re cook­ing’’, he said.

‘‘We have a high pro­por­tion of fires that start in the kitchen from unat­tended cook­ing.’’

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