Police have named the man killed in a Masterton garage fire last night.
He was 44-year-old Archie Aihe Huirama Ormsby, described by a relative as having "a heart of gold".
Firefighters were called to a Cameron Cres house, where the garage was reported on fire shortly before 11pm yesterday, Fire Communications shift manager Murray Dunbar said.
Firefighters in the first truck found Mr Ormsby inside the garage and brought him outside. Lengthy attempts to resuscitate him failed and he died at the scene. Three others were injured.
A cousin of Mr Ormsby, who did not want to be named, said this morning that he was a ‘‘very quiet man with a heart of gold’’.
She said he lived at the address with his parents and other family members.
A neighbour described the damaged shed as ‘‘an awesome whare’’.
‘‘It was really comfortable, really homey. He had all the things, it was really nice in there.’’
She said she was woken last night by fire engines, but did not know how the fire started.
About 10 family members arrived at the address before 8am and one said they were about to attend a blessing ceremony at the scene.
The family was not ready to speak about Mr Ormsby's death, she said.
A security guard from a private firm had been at the scene all night.
A Wellington Free Ambulance spokesman said two other people were treated for minor injuries at the scene and a man in his 60s was taken to Wairarapa Hospital with moderate burns.
Police and the Fire Service are investigating the cause today.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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