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Fire and Emergency New Zealand Lookout Point station officer Peter O’Shea said firefighters were called to reports of a house fire at an address in Caversham, about 11.30am yesterday.
Upon the arrival of the first two appliances, crews found a heavily smoke-logged house.
Mr O’Shea called for more appliances, and firefighters using breathing apparatus entered the property and located a man.
The man was dragged out and other firefighters began first aid, including oxygen therapy.
He was in a serious condition with a lot of smoke inhalation and was taken to a St John ambulance, Mr O’Shea said.
A fire safety officer would investigate the fire.