Elderly house fire victim named
An elderly woman who died after her house went up in flames early yesterday morning has been named as Elizabeth Kemp.
Kemp, who was in her 80s, shared the house with her husband of nearly 60 years, Denis.
The couple, originally from South Africa, have lived at their home on Harry Dreadon Rd, Opaheke since they moved to New Zealand around 50 years ago.
They have three daughters, one of whom is reported to have been visiting her parents when the fire broke out.
Yesterday it was reported that emergency services were called to the scene at around 3am Sunday morning and found the house already in flames.
Fire Northern communications shift manager Jarron Phillips said there were working smoke detectors in the house which alerted the Kemp’s adult daughter and husband to leave. She herself, however, did not escape in time.
Her 89-year-old husband was taken to Middlemore Hospital and released late yesterday afternoon.
The Fire Service said there was nothing to suggest the fire was suspicious.
TVNZ reported the fire began in a room near the kitchen of the house and that a heater was found close by.