Man dead in Upper Hutt fire

Last updated 09:25 09/12/2013
Flat in Trentham
DEADLY INFERNO: Smoke from the fire in Trentham that killed one man.

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A man has been found dead following a fire in a block of flats in Trentham.

The fire on Merton St, Trentham was reported at 8.07pm.

One person was confirmed dead inside the house, police said.

Investigators and police were at the scene tonight, fire communications spokesman Mike Wanoa said.

The cause of the fire was not yet known, nor were any details about the dead person.

A scene guard would be in place overnight so a forensic examination could be carried out in the morning.

Witness Angie Bunn said she heard sirens and looked out her window to see a pall of smoke, with fire engines and police everywhere.

‘’It was out of control,’’ she said.

About 40 people watched from the street as the fire service battled the blaze, she said.

‘‘They were saying there was still a person inside. Fire is a horrible thing, I really feel for the family involved.’’

Neighbour Adrienne Martyn said a man and woman lived in the flat.

The woman was outside and upset during the fire, she said.

Ms Martyn was at home when she heard glass breaking.

''I looked outside and saw smoke billowing from the roof, then flames.''

She went back inside and rang emergency services.

She did not know the people who lived in the flat.

Meanwhile a dairy caught on fire in the Wairarapa town of Featherston at about 8.15pm yesterday.

It was well alight when the Fire Service arrived.

Fire Service shift manager Jan Wills said today that fire safety investigators would be at the scene of both fires this morning to investigate the causes, including whether they were intentionally lit.

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