Firefighters battle Otago house fire

A two-storey home in Dunedin has been gutted by fire early this morning.

About 30 firefighters were required to tackle the blaze on Seal Point Road in Sandymount.

A Fire and Emergency New Zealand spokesperson said firefighters were called to the fire about 4.30am.

The 250sq-metre home was well involved when they arrived.

No-one was believed to be home at the time the fire broke out, the spokesperson said.

About two-thirds of the house has been written off by the blaze.

Seven appliances and two support vehicles were involved in battling the fire.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire by about 8.20am and were “commencing overhaul”, meaning they were checking for hotspots and clearing out fire damage material.

A fire investigator is en route and will be investigating the cause of the blaze.