A house in a township near Gisborne has been destroyed by fire overnight.
Fire fighters were called to a single storey house in Ioapa Road, in Te Karaka just after 9pm.
It was well alight when crews arrived.
A 50-year-old man was taken to Gisborne Hospital in a moderate condition with smoke inhalation.
Gisborne fire station senior officer Peter Carroll says Fire Safety is investigating.
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