13 Jun 2013

Fire at flats treated as suspicious

10:30 am on 13 June 2013

Police say a fire that engulfed three flats north of Wellington is being treated as suspicious.

Fire crews and police were called to the flats at Herewini Street, in the Porirua suburb of Titahi Bay, about 4am on Thursday.

Wellington Free Ambulance spokesperson Jan Wills says residents from all three units were evacuated and one was taken to hospital with smoke inhalation.

Police say two of the three flats are damaged and nearby bush has been burnt.

Officers are interviewing a 43-year-old man in connection with the fire.