Home, boat destroyed by fire
Firefighters feared the worst when they attended a callout to Te Rahu Road on Saturday morning and found a house well engulfed.
The fire had been called in by neighbours and firefighters could not immediately ascertain whether anyone was in the house or sleepout.
Police also attended and
treated the area as a crime
scene until they were sure no-one
St John Ambulance attended as a precaution and the road was closed for a short time.
Firefighters conducted a search as soon as the blaze was under control and where able to assure police the house and sleepout were empty.
Soon after the male owner
and his daughter attended and
were able to confirm the family
was out when the fire started.
The fire caused extreme damage
to the home and contents
and destroyed an aluminium
boat in the basement garage.