A homeowner was injured while trying to put out a fire with
water and a duvet while his family slept.
The man suffered facial burns as he tried to fight the house
fire in Wainoni, Christchurch, this morning.
The blaze, which started in the master bedroom of the Ottawa
Rd house at 6.35am, caused extensive damage.
Four fire trucks attended the fire at what was first thought
to be an unoccupied house, but five people were later found
to have escaped the blaze.
The man sought help for his burns with a neighbour, and was
taken to Christchurch Hospital suffering minor injuries.
The house was due to be receiving earthquake damage repair in
two weeks, fire investigator Kelvin Hampton said.
The cause of the blaze remains undetermined, although witness
statements are consistent, Mr Hampton said.
"From the point of view of the Fire Service, I would suggest
to anyone in the similar situation of discovering an early
fire to think very carefully about risking their safety to
attempt to extinguish it."
"A house is property and human life is way more important,"
"In the time it takes you to go away and get a pot, a fire
can get a lot bigger by the time you get back."