Green­hithe fire de­stroys

North Harbour News - - HEALTH - AMY BAKER

Two fire­fight­ers were treated for heat ex­haus­tion af­ter at­tend­ing to a house fire on East­vale Close in Green­hithe, north Auck­land.

Emer­gency ser­vices ar­rived to the blaz­ing roof of the two­s­torey home at around 11:30am on Fe­bru­ary 19.

All res­i­dents were ac­counted for, and no one was in­jured.

Waitema¯ta as­sis­tant area com­man­der Vaughan Mack­ereth said the fire started in a side wall and trav­elled into the roof.

The house was be­ing ren­o­vated, with paint be­ing re­moved from the out­side of the house us­ing a flame throw­ing process, he said.

Be­ing an old home, par­ti­tions in the roof had made it dif­fi­cult to ac­cess the blaze, and an aerial ve­hi­cle was re­mov­ing iron to get at it. Around 16-20 fire­fight­ers were on the scene, with five ve­hi­cles - in­clud­ing an aerial fire truck - in at­ten­dance.

Neigh­bour Michelle said she was alerted to the fire by her dog.

‘‘He was run­ning around, cry­ing, which is quite un­usual be­hav­iour for him, and so I came and checked.’’

It was heart­break­ing to think of the own­ers, she said.

‘‘They’re go­ing to come back, and they’re not go­ing to have any­thing that they had when they left this morn­ing - just heart­break­ing.’’

Mack­ereth said the cir­cum­stances of the fire would be looked into more closely later.

AMY BAKER/STUFF

A crane is used to lift roofing of the two-storey house.

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