Rodney Times : November 4th 2010
www.rodneytimes.co.nz Thursday, November 4, 2010 Hopper Developments Ltd Phone now on 09 427 0090 or 0800 629 476 65 Tauranga Place, Orewa www.maygroveorewa.co.nz an easier lifestyle? Apartments from $220,000 Maygrove Art Group's Art Exhibition Friday 12th November 10am - 7pm Saturday 13th November 10am - 4pm Fire closes streets By CARALISE MOORE Collapse: The roof of the house collapsed and windows blew out. Roads closed: Firefighters from Silverdale, Manly and East Coast Bays closed surrounding roads while the fire was being put out. Well alight: The house on the corner of Kauri Rd and Brightside Rd, Stanmore Bay, was engulfed just after 8am on Wednesday. Photos: MICHELLE STOTHARD A LARGE house fire in Stanmore Bay at 8am yester- day brought firefighters from three brigades and closed surrounding roads. The house on the corner of Kauri and Brightside roads was engulfed in flames by the time fire crews from Silverdale, Manly and East Coast Bays arrived. A 17-year-old boy and his caregiver were in the building at the time but escaped and were treated for smoke inha- lation. The owner of the house is away. The fire was well involved in the top floor when we arrived, that's where it started,'' fire officer in charge Vaughan Mackereth says. The cause of the blaze is being investigated by the Fire Service and police. Neighbours woke to the noise of the fire and called emergency services. I was waking up and thought it was my friend's son Riley eating Rice Bubbles -- all the popping and crack- ling. But then I saw the smoke,'' neighbour Jonny Martis says. I woke up and looked out the window, saw smoke and ran outside straight away,'' Michelle Stothard says. One of the other neighbours did the same thing and thought it might have been his house on fire.'' A few of the neighbours tried to move cars parked under the house but couldn't find the right keys in time, Michelle says. The owner had recently built a second storey under the house in the past few years. This will come as a bit of a shock to her.'' Police and fire crews blocked off surrounding roads and driveways while they contained the flames and put them out. By around 9.15am the fire was pretty much put out,'' Michelle says. Mr Mackereth says the top floor is unliveable and com- pletely damaged. The house did have work- ing smoke alarms, which may have saved the occupants. A good reminder to check your smoke alarms and make sure they are working. Also well done to neighbours who noticed and called in.'' Go online: Watch the fire as seen by Gulf Harbour resident Kelly Perkins. More at www.rodneytimes.co.nz.
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