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Fatal House Fire in Paraparaumu
13 April
Scene of the fatal house fire in Paraparaumu

One woman has died and two young children are in serious condition from a house fire in Kapiti.

Shortly after midnight this morning Emergency services were called to the house fire in Callender Terrace, Paraparaumu Beach.

Upon arrival the Fire Service found the three bed room house totally engulfed in flames.

The house, at the time was occupied by three adults and three young children.

Senior Sergeant Alasdair Macmillan of Kapiti Police said two of the adult occupants and a young baby were able to escape the fire unharmed.

"Two neighbours had already gone to the rear of the house and after smashing a bedroom window rescued a young child.

"A short time later police and fire service staff located and removed a female and another young child from the same bedroom. Both were unconscious."

Fire, ambulance staff and EMS resuscitated the young child however attempts to revive the female were unsuccessful and she died at the scene a short time later.

Mr Macmillan said the child was airlifted to Wellington Hospital by Westpac helicopter. "The other young child, who was rescued by neighbors, was taken by ambulance to hospital.

"Both the young children are in the Wellington Hospital's Intensive Care Unit, their condition is described as serious.

"The other two adults and child were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. They did not require further medical treatment."

A 54 year male neighbor who came to the rescue received a serious cut to his hand whilst assisting in the rescue. (Smashed the bedroom window to gain access) He was also treated for his injuries at the scene.

Snr Sgt Macmillan said the cause of the fire is unknown at this stage.

"The address has been cordoned off and an investigation will be commenced later this morning by Police and the NZ Fire Service.

"There is little doubt the if it were not for the valiant actions of the neighbors, Emergency Services and the Police that further loss of life would have occurred," he said.

At this stage the details of the deceased woman will not be released.

Fiona (added 435 weeks ago)
Oh God! I checked my smoke alarms and the battery is missing. Time to go to the dairy and buy a new one. What a tragedy.
Charles (added 435 weeks ago)
Best wishes to the family. This is a very sad day.
Jeff (added 436 weeks ago)
This is a terrible tragedy.
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