Eight people have now died in house fire in the past two months alone, the latest involving a child and her grandmother in Palmerston North.
There were fire alarms in the house but it's unclear whether they were installed or working.
It's prompted questions about why laws making smoke alarms are mandatory in all state houses won't be in force until July next year.
In fact, just last night another family fled from their home along State Highway 1 between Taupo and Turangi when a blaze broke out.
Fire investigator Mike McEnaney stresses the importance of having working fire alarms.
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