Firefighters responded to a house fire on Pierce street shortly before 10am on Tuesday.
According to Station Commander Mark Moroney, the fire was located in a front bedroom and began to spread from there.
Only one person was home during the fire and they were alerted of the danger by their smoke detector.
“The bedroom door was closed at the time, so had there been no early warning from the smoke detector, the occupant wouldn’t have been alerted until the fire had begun to spread past the door into the rest of the house,” Commander Moroney said.
The front bedroom received ‘significant’ fire damage during the blaze.
The occupant attempted to stop the fire themselves, before moving outside and calling ‘000’.
At that point, Wellington Fire and Rescue services arrived and got to work controlling the fire and confining it to the front bedroom.
In the aftermath, Station Commander Moroney urge residents to ensure their smoke detectors were in working condition.
“That early warning from the smoke detector, and the occupant’s actions, saved the house. We always want to remind people the importance of a functioning early warning system.”
The rest of the residence received smoke and water damage.
The exact cause of the fire is yet to be determined.