Suspicious blaze guts home in Munro Street
People living in a two-storey duplex property in Munro Street in the Cobham/Elgin area got out without injury last night when fire gutted their home.
The cause is being treated as suspicious.
Fire and Emergency NZ got 111 calls about the blaze at around 9pm.
“The unit the two people lived in was well involved in fire when the first crew arrived,” Senior Station Officer Ed Hindmarsh said.
“We're not sure how they were alerted to the fire but they managed to get out of the unit without injury.
“The fire started in a car parked in a carport adjacent to the unit and spread from there into the residence,” SSO Hindmarsh said.
“How the fire started in the car has been treated as suspicious and police and a specialist fire investigator will go there this morning to begin an inquiry.”
Police maintained a scene guard at the property overnight.
“We were able to contain the fire to one of the two units in the duplex,” SSO Hindmarsh said. “But that unit has been significantly damaged by fire.”
The fire crews were there for three hours ensuring the fire was out and a crew returned at around 3am for a final check.
“Most of what the people living there owned was lost in the fire.”
The cause of the fire is being treated as suspicious at this stage,” police have confirmed.
“It remains suspicious until we have completed our scene examination, which began this morning.”