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