Fire crews are battling a blaze at a two-storey home in Glen Eden tonight.

A fire service spokeswoman said the residents of the home on Shetland St were safely at a neighbour's house.

Four crews were at the scene and were alerted to the fire at 6.50pm.

Neighbour Amie Vizor said the back part of the house was ablaze.

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"Flames could be seen about 1.5 metres from the roof. It was alight a good 20 minutes."

She said there were more flames visible than smoke, but the fire service had it under control fairly quickly.