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One person has been rescued from a burning house in Tauhara, on the eastern side of Taupo.
Firefighters called to the house found it burning fiercely and donned breathing apparatus to search the house and recover the person who was taken to Taupo Hospital in a critical condition.
A rescue helicopter was called to take the person to another hospital, possibly Waikato, because of the seriousness of the injuries.
The Fire Service said firefighters were initially told chemicals might be involved but that was discounted after firefighters inspected the house.