A house fire near Whakatane is being investigated by police after it burnt to the ground.
The Taneatua Fire Service were called to the fire on Nuku Rd about midnight Sunday, assisted by the Whakatane and
Edgecumbe fire services.
Whakatane Fire Service fire risk management officer Jon Rewi said the house was well emblazed by the time they got there and there was no one in the small house at the time of the fire.
Whakatane police are treating the fire as suspicious.