At least six fire crews spent several hours battling a house fire in Bulls, near Palmerston North, last night.
Emergency services were called to McHardie St just before 6.40pm, a police spokeswoman said.
She said the caller did not believe the occupants were home.
Police helped control traffic around the fire, near the intersection of McHardie Rd and State Highway 3.
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Central fire service shift manager Chris Dalton said everyone in the house was accounted for.
Six fire engines, a command unit and two tankers took about two hours to put out the fire.
Specialist fire service investigators will be back at the property tomorrow.