Fire destroys half of house
Neighbours could hear the glass cracking as large flames raced through a West Auckland home.
Avondale Senior Station Officer Chris Power said six crews were called to the property on Daffodil Street, Titirangi about 1.50pm on November 8.
‘‘When the crews got here, initially it was thought that people were still inside the house.
‘‘We did a thorough search and found there was nobody in the house.’’
He said crews had been containing the blaze, which destroyed half of the house.
There was also initial concerns of asbestos, Power said.
‘‘As a precaution decontaminated some staff.’’
Nearby residents Ryan Stanyer and Benjamin Kelly were sitting on their deck when they heard a cracking sound.
‘‘Ben was looking around, and then he just yelled out: ‘call the fire brigade’,’’ Stanyer said.
‘‘It was just in flames in no we’ve of our time,’’ he said. ‘‘We just heard the cracking of the glass.’’
Fire and Emergency NZ shift manager Carren Larking had earlier said it received the call from a neighbour shortly before 2pm.
Larking said the neighbour was concerned a person may have been in the home.
Firefighters launched a search and rescue operation at the 60sqm house, she said.
It was later confirmed no-one was home at the address.
Five fire trucks, operational support and two ambulance vehicles attended the scene.
‘‘It was just in flames in no time.’’ Ryan Stanyer
Neighbours heard the sound of cracking glass at a fire on Daffodil Street, Titirangi in West Auckland.