Two people in a Napier house escaped injury during a fire this afternoon that police say may be suspicious.
Emergency services were called to the property on Cumberland Rise in the suburb of Taradale at about 3pm.
Two people were in the house at the time but were not injured, police said in a statement tonight.
The fire caused significant damage to the living area and initial inquiries indicate it may be suspicious, police said.
Police investigating the fire are appealing for information.
Anyone who saw anything out of the ordinary in the area this afternoon is urged to contact local Police or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting file number 190220/3662.