One injured as two houses catch fire on West Coast

One person has been taken to Greymouth Hospital with moderate injuries following a fire at two houses on the West Coast.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand said emergency services were called to a house fire on Hall Jones St, Runanga, at 3.47am today.

Firefighters found one house "well-involved" and a second house caught fire a short while later.

Both houses were badly damaged.

A St John spokeswoman said an occupant was attended to and taken to hospital at around 4am.

"The patient suffered moderate injuries," she said.

The blaze is not being treated as suspicious.

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