A house fire near Whakatane High School is now under control.
Fire and Emergency New Zealand received upwards of 30 calls from the public about the blaze on a property near Goulstone Rd around 10.45am.
Three fire crews attended and arrived to the house well-ablaze, a spokesman for the service said.
The fire has since been brought under control and there are no reports of injuries or anyone missing.
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The fire happened as many in the town were evacuating due to tsunami warnings for Bay of Plenty and much of the North Island.