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Laundry fire caught from spreading

Fire caused moderate damage to the laundry and toilet area of a house in Ormond Road yesterday afternoon.

A fault with a washing machine is believed to be the probable cause.

Fire and Emergency NZ sent crews to the property at around 3pm.

“Fortunately there were people home at the time and they called 111 as soon as they noticed the smoke,” a senior firefighter said.

“Then they got out of the house.

“We got there in time to stop the fire spreading beyond the laundry and toilet area, which sustained moderate fire damage.”

He said there was some minor smoke damage through other parts of the house.

“The cause of the fire is being investigated, but at this stage we believe it originated with a fault in the washing machine.

“It was fortunate the residents were home, spotted it early, and made a quick call to us. Otherwise the outcome could have been a lot worse.”