House fire reveals drug paraphernalia

Firefighters were called to the house fire in Taupo last night.

Police have been called in after drug paraphernalia was discovered at a Taupo proeprty following a house fire.

Fire crews were called to the blaze on Hinemoa Ave around 9.15pm.

Northern Fire Communications shift manager Scott Osmond says firefighters arrived at the scene to find the single-storey dwelling well ablze.

He says there were lots of calls to the fire from members of the public and that the fire was "clearly visible".

Four fire appliances - three from Taupō and one from Kinloch - arrived to find the single-storey house well ablaze.

While no-one was in the house at the time of the fire, Scott says a neighbour had been taken to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Along with police, a fire safety investigator has been called to the scene to investigate the cause of the fire.

The police were called in because drug-related items were found at the scene, says a police spokesperson.

-Additonal reporting from Fairfax Media.


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