Quick re­sponse to house on fire

Waihi Leader - - News - By ME­LANIE CAMOIN news@wai­hileader.co.nz

Neigh­bours' quick re­ac­tions helped to save a house and oc­cu­pants in a fire last Thurs­day.

A fire broke out at the back of a house on Kenny Street in Waihi in the early hours of the morn­ing.

Neigh­bours saw the blaze while leav­ing for foot­ball prac­tice at around 5.45am.

“Flames were com­ing out of the house, block­ing the drive­way. My wife called the bri­gade straight away,” Rudy Sas says.

In­side the rental prop­erty was a wo­man and her two-week-old baby.

Both were taken to the Waihi hos­pi­tal An­nexe for ob­ser­va­tion.

Waihi Bri­gade de­ployed two fire trucks and a van to ex­tin­guish the blaze while the oc­cu­pants evac­u­ated.

Chief Moe Stevens says neigh­bours' quick re­ac­tion helped to con­tain the dam­age.

“Luck­ily, the neigh­bours rang us quickly to get the fire out oth­er­wise the house would have been gone,” he says.

Moe says the smoke alarm also helped to alert the oc­cu­pants.

The fire started in the store room at the back of the house, burn­ing fur­ni­ture, chairs, a bar­be­cue, some blan­kets and other items.

The ori­gin of the blaze was still be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

“It was a scary start to the day,” Rudy says, “but luck­ily ev­ery­body is ok.”

“The bri­gade ar­rived two and a half min­utes af­ter we rang.

“They were re­ally quick and I am grate­ful for that,” he says.

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