Fierce blaze guts Eketahuna home

By Nathan Crombie nathan.crombie@age.co.nz -
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Fire gutted a home in rural Eketahuna, leaving upright only its stucco walls and window frames during a blaze into which an investigation has been launched. PHOTO/FILE
Fire gutted a home in rural Eketahuna, leaving upright only its stucco walls and window frames during a blaze into which an investigation has been launched. PHOTO/FILE

A fire investigator is probing the cause of a fierce blaze that gutted an Eketahuna home on Wednesday.

Brent Dickson, Eketahuna fire station officer in charge at the scene, said a neighbour had seen smoke coming from the unoccupied Mangaroa Rd house, which was used as accommodation for farm workers, and reported the blaze to emergency services just after 10am.

Two fire engines from Pahiatua and another from Eketahuna were scrambled to the three-bedroom stucco home, he said, which is sited about 10 kilometres from the Eketahuna township.

The blaze was well-involved by the time firefighters arrived at the scene.

Despite battling the fire for more than two hours, the home was left completely gutted with only the stucco shell remaining upright.

The blaze was thought to have started at the rear of the home in the north-eastern corner. The flames were so intense, nearby trees were severely scorched.

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