Fire de­stroys half of house

Western Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - CAL­LUM MCGILLIVRAY AND DANIELLE CLENT

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

CAL­LUM MCGILLIVRAY/STUFF

Neigh­bours heard the sound of crack­ing glass at a fire on Daf­fodil Street, Ti­ti­rangi in West Auck­land.

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