Police are investigating a fire which damaged a house in Moerewa this morning.
Neighbours raised the alarm just before 8am when they saw smoke at the Otiria Rd home.
Kawakawa fire chief Wayne Martin said the neighbours used a garden hose to keep the flames from spreading until firefighters arrived.
Fire crews from Kawakawa and Kerikeri quickly extinguished the blaze, limiting damage to an exterior wall. The interior is thought to have sustained smoke damage.
Mr Martin said the fire, which started at the rear of the weatherboard house, was suspicious.
Police arrived around 9am to start an investigation. It is believed the house was unoccupied at the time.
8.30am: Firefighters and police have been called to a house on fire in Moerewa about 7.55am today.
A crew from Kawakawa station are at the house in Otiria Rd now and there were reports of the house full of smoke with the rear of the building on fire.