Fire damages Matokitoki home

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A MAN was treated for smoke inhalation yesterday afternoon after he attempted to quell a fire that broke out in his home at the end of Matokitoki Valley Road.

Firefighters arrived in time to stop the fire from taking hold.

“The blaze broke out in the hallway of the house and got up into the roof void,” said Senior Station Officer Peter Carroll.

“The man who lived there was outside when he saw smoke coming from the house.

“He called 111 straight away and then grabbed a garden hose and tried to fight it,” SSO Carroll said.

Fire and Emergency NZ sent two appliances, a water tanker and rural fire sent two appliances when the alarm was raised at 4.20pm.

“He slowed the fire spread down by doing that but suffered from the smoke,” he said.

“Ideally it is always best to get out of the house to safety.”

The man was treated at the scene for the smoke inhalation by St John ambulance staff and did not need to be taken to hospital.

“The first fire crew to arrive did a very good job,” SSO Carroll said.

“They got straight into it and were able to knock the fire back pretty quickly.

“There was quite extensive fire damage to the hallway and part of the roof void, and the rest of the house had moderate smoke damage.

“We would certainly call it a good save.”

SSO Carroll said the incident illustrated the importance of good letterbox numbering.

“Particularly in rural areas. It makes it a lot easier for responding fire crews to find the location.

“Access was not an issue for us in this case but, again, the incident serves as a reminder for people to keep vegetation back from access roads to their property.

“It makes it a lot easier to get a fire appliance straight into the fire scene.”

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

“It is not suspicious but a specialist fire investigator will look at it today to determine how the fire started.”

A MAN was treated for smoke inhalation yesterday afternoon after he attempted to quell a fire that broke out in his home at the end of Matokitoki Valley Road.

Firefighters arrived in time to stop the fire from taking hold.

“The blaze broke out in the hallway of the house and got up into the roof void,” said Senior Station Officer Peter Carroll.

“The man who lived there was outside when he saw smoke coming from the house.

“He called 111 straight away and then grabbed a garden hose and tried to fight it,” SSO Carroll said.

Fire and Emergency NZ sent two appliances, a water tanker and rural fire sent two appliances when the alarm was raised at 4.20pm.

“He slowed the fire spread down by doing that but suffered from the smoke,” he said.

“Ideally it is always best to get out of the house to safety.”

The man was treated at the scene for the smoke inhalation by St John ambulance staff and did not need to be taken to hospital.

“The first fire crew to arrive did a very good job,” SSO Carroll said.

“They got straight into it and were able to knock the fire back pretty quickly.

“There was quite extensive fire damage to the hallway and part of the roof void, and the rest of the house had moderate smoke damage.

“We would certainly call it a good save.”

SSO Carroll said the incident illustrated the importance of good letterbox numbering.

“Particularly in rural areas. It makes it a lot easier for responding fire crews to find the location.

“Access was not an issue for us in this case but, again, the incident serves as a reminder for people to keep vegetation back from access roads to their property.

“It makes it a lot easier to get a fire appliance straight into the fire scene.”

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

“It is not suspicious but a specialist fire investigator will look at it today to determine how the fire started.”

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