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Person dies after house and car catch fire in Tikipunga, Whangārei

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Firefighters found a car and house well involved in fire when they arrived to the early morning fire. Photo / File

A person has died following a fire that consumed a house and car in northern Whangārei early this morning.

At 2.40am Fire and Emergency NZ received multiple calls to a fire that started in a car in Tikipunga. Fenz said on arrival crews found the fire had spread to the house.

Northern shift manager Paul Radden said both car and house were “well involved in fire” when the brigade arrived.

Two crews from Whangārei and two from Kamo attended the blaze. As of 5.30am the fire was contained, with one crew still at the scene tamping down hotspots.

Just before 5am crews were called to a second car fire in Tikipunga. Radden did not know if the two fires were related.

Shift manager Josh Pennefather has since confirmed a person had died – having succumbed to their injuries after they were rescued by firefighters.

Police were looking into both fires, he said.

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