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Mataura chief fire officer Neil Rogan said two fire crews from Mataura were called to the scene about 4am this morning to find the house “well involved” with fire from "end to end."
A further two crews from Gore were called to assist, and were still attending to “hot spots” within the house about 10am.
“We’ll be here for quite a bit of time just dampening down areas.
“It’s been badly damaged, we’re still trying to piece together what the house looked like.”
He said the house was unoccupied at the time it caught fire.
“The lady next door woke up to the smell of smoke.”
The fire was not being treated as suspicious but it was not yet clear what had caused it.
A fire investigator, who was sent from Dunedin, was on the scene about 10am.