Police say fire lit deliberately

Police have confirmed the house fire at a Dunedin property on Monday night was deliberately lit.

Neighbours of the property in Crichton St, Wakari, alerted emergency services to the fire just before 7pm.

Several windows were smashed during the blaze, which was described by a witness as sounding like an explosion.

Detective Des Karl said an incident at the property the previous night, in which the windows of the front door were smashed, was likely to be related to the fire.

''If there's damage to a house one day and it goes up in flames the next, then there's a good reason to believe the two are related,'' he said.

Det Karl said police were continuing inquiries into ''specific areas'', but could not disclose what those were.

The occupants of the property could not be contacted for comment.

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