One person was seriously burned and taken to hospital after a house fire this morning.

The fire broke out in Terrace End, Palmerston North, and the Fire Service said the blaze was "well involved" by the time firefighters arrived shortly after 5.06am.

Three appliances were sent to the house and firefighters extinguished the fire.

A Fire Central Communications said one person was taken to hospital.

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A independent investigator was investigating what caused the fire.