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Te Anau: Volunteer firefighters, most of them from Te Anau, last night fought a fierce fire which heavily damaged a house on a rural property in Kakapo Rd, about 5km northeast of the township.
Firefighters were alerted at 6.46pm, and three fire appliances and three water tankers were used to fight the blaze in the 120sq m single-level house for more than two hours, a New Zealand Fire and Emergency spokesman said.
Water supply was limited in the area and the tankers were used to shuttle water to the house from a nearby swampy area, he said.