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One critical after Auckland house fire

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 13/06/2017

Four people, including two females seen running out with their clothes alight, are in hospital after a fire in an Auckland house.

Police say one person is critically injured, while another has moderate injuries. The two others are being treated for smoke inhalation.

Inspector Kerry Watson says police are looking for a fifth person and also want to speak to any witnesses to the incident in Otara on Tuesday.

Emergency services were alerted at 2.42pm to a fire in the bedroom of a house in Lappington Road.

Insp Watson says police want to reassure nearby residents there is no immediate risk and the fire has been contained.

Cordons are in place while police and the Fire Service try to establish what caused the fire.

Fire Service assistant area commander Craig Monrad says the fire is not thought to have been suspicious, and was probably the result of careless use of a lighter.

He says crews entered the building and found a small fire in the bedroom involving blankets and bedding.

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