A house was fully engulfed in flames in South Taranaki today.
A Police spokeswoman said the fire was on Okahutiria Rd, Waverley.
Fire Service spokesman Murray Dunbar said they got a call out at 11.59 from someone passing by. Two appliances attended the blaze but found the house had collapsed when they got there.
Dunbar did not know if the incident had resulted in a fatality.
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The property was totally destroyed.
"I can't confirm whether there was someone in the building or not. It was a pile of rubble."
Dunbar said no one was in the vicinity when the fire appliances arrived.
Police were called to assist, along with the fire service and St John.