A woman was dragged to safety by neighbours when an Orakei
home exploded in flames last night.
Emergency services were called to the Rukutai St home about
9.45pm after the woman, a teacher, believed to be aged in her
50s, was pulled from the three-storey house.
Neighbours reported seeing her garage door exploding and
flames were engulfing the upper levels before they entered to
save the screaming woman.
The rescuers also broke the windows of her car, to save her
two husky dogs trapped inside.
The woman suffered serious burns to her face and body and was
taken to hospital by ambulance.
Her house was extensively damaged and the property remains
cordoned off as police and fire officers investigate.
Three hours later, fire crews attended another fire in the
city, at a car sales yard and workshop in Target Rd, Wairau
No one was inside at the time.