Body inside burnt-out house

Last updated 12:00 25/01/2013

Relevant offers

National

Cameron Presland jailed four years, nine months for fatal crash Payback plan led to 'frenzied' bedroom attack, court hears Car and truck in fatal crash south of Oamaru Call for Murray McCully to be sacked over Saudi farm deal Mad midnight dash to save stabbing victim Sparrows found 'poisoned' in Auckland 'Pirate' politician guilty of sex crimes Child 'with no fear' died after falling into water tank, says coroner Education ministry priorities out of step Canterbury's housing recovery neglects the poor

An elderly man lived in a house north of Gisborne where firefighters found a body early today.

Detective Sergeant Theo Akroyd said it was too early to determine if the fire in the Whatatutu Rd, Te Karaka house was suspicious.

"We will be working closely with fire safety investigation officers to determine the cause of the blaze. But at this stage we can't say whether the fire was accidental or deliberately lit.''

Formal identification of the body may take some time.

Firefighters were alerted about 2.30am to the blaze, which destroyed the house.

They had not known anyone was inside the house, discovering the body as the fire was put out, police said.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content