Three people were taken to Dunedin Hospital with minor
injuries after a house fire in the Dunedin suburb of Ocean
Grove last night.
A Fire Service spokesman said 111 calls about a large fire in
the Tomahawk Rd house started coming in at 10.18pm.
By the time fire appliances from Dunedin and St Kilda
stations arrived, the house was fully alight and had set fire
to a neighbouring house.
Appliances from Rosyln, Lookout Point and Willowbank stations
were called to assist.
The flames from the two-storey house where the fire began
could be seen from Andersons Bay cemetery and many residents
stood on the street watching as firefighters battled the
inferno and police and ambulance officers assisted the
One person on the street said the flames were ''massive'' and
at one stage reached across the street.
The Fire Service spokesman said the fire in the second house
was out fairly quickly. Firefighters had the fire in the
first house under control by 11.20pm.
The injured people were treated at the scene for smoke
inhalation, he said.
No further details of them was available last night. It is
understood an upholstery business may have been run from the
The Fire Service spokesman said an investigation into what
caused the fire would begin this morning.
Southern District Command Centre deployment co-ordinator
Senior Sergeant Craig Brown said police attended largely to
assist the victims and ensure the safety of those in
The occupants of the second house that was damaged were
uninjured, as were the neighbours on the other side of the
two-storey house, whom police helped evacuate.