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Four flee house on fire in Okitu street

TWO adults and two children managed to escape their burning house at Okitu this morning.

Four pumping appliances, two tankers, an operations support unit and a Douglas Street resident’s water tank were used by Gisborne firefighters to douse the fire. The house was fully involved when they arrived.

One person from the house was taken to Gisborne Hospital to be checked for smoke inhalation.

Fire and Emergency NZ received the initial call about the house fire at 8.13am. The emergency response was upgraded to “second alarm” shortly afterwards and the number of response units was doubled.

“It doesn’t look good,” said Senior Station Officer Bernie Bull at the site.

“It’s a fairly substantial fire. We haven’t been able to make good access so far because the roof caved in.”

Specialist fire investigator Derek Goodwin has started an investigation into the cause of the fire.

ALL HANDS ON DECK: Four pump appliances, two tankers, an operations support unit and a Douglas Street resident’s water tank were used by Gisborne firefighters to douse an Okitu home fully involved in fire this morning. Two adults and two children managed to get out of the rented home safely. Picture by Ben Cowper