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Police seeking man seen near arson attack on Porirua house with four sleeping people inside

Police want to talk to a man seen in the area of an arson attack on a house in Porirua in which four sleeping people had to escape for their lives.

Fire and Emergency NZ responded to the fire in Northumberland Street, Cannons Creek, about 4am on Saturday April 7.

The fire caused extensive damage to the property and was determined by investigators to have been the result of arson.

Porirua police say three adults and one child were inside the house and asleep at the time the fire was started but fortunately were woken by smoke alarms and able to evacuate their home.

Police investigating the fire are looking to speak with any witnesses who may have seen anything suspicious in the area around the time.

They say they are particularly interested in speaking to a male who was seen walking in the area at the time of the fire.

He has been described as Maori or Pacific Islander in his late twenties or early thirties. 

He was wearing black jeans and a black and yellow singlet with the number 7 on his back, and carrying a black backpack.

Anyone who may have seen something or has information relating to the fire is being asked to contact Constable Lizzie Campbell at Porirua Police Station on (04) 238 1400 or report anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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