Firefighters are responding to a large house fire in the small Waikato town of Pokeno.
The fire in the house on Hillpark Drive was reported at 2:45pm on Sunday, and has sent a large black plume of smoke over the town.
Four crews are at the scene, with another three on the way.
Jean Bell said she was travelling on State Highway 1 near the house, and said lots of drivers had pulled off the road because of the fire.
"It was burning strongly, fire had engulfed the whole house."
There have been no reports of injuries.