A house on Towai St was destroyed by fire on Sunday. Photo: Jonty Dine.

Fire guts home in Stoke

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A Stoke home has been gutted after a fire ripped through the residence on Sunday morning.

A neighbour who witnessed the blaze on Towai St said they first saw flames around 9am.

“I saw the corner of the house on fire, went to get my wife and by the time we got back the whole thing was engulfed.”

They say six fire appliances battled the inferno for well over an hour. “I could hear all the windows popping and the roof caving in.”

It was a dramatic scene, with smoke billowing all over the neighbourhood. Neighbours and passersby gathered around the house to watch the fire crews  as they tried to contain the blaze.

It is understood that a teenager was in the house when the fire started but managed to escape unharmed.

There were vast amounts of damage to rooms located on the second-storey  and the bottom floor also suffered significant smoke and water damage.

No one needed to be attended to for any injuries, however, it is understood two pet reptiles died in the flames. The neighbour says thick smoke was billowing from the two-storey house. “It went up very quickly, it was quite scary to watch.”

Another witness says a “very brave” member of the public ran towards the burning house to ensure the family had escaped. “The family were home but luckily they all got outside.”

The evidence of the fire is visible from the street with vast charring on the outside of the house where flames leapt out of the windows.

Emergency services are still investigating the cause of the fire.