Person dies in rural fire

A person has been found dead at the scene of a fire in rural Central Otago tonight.

The person was found by emergency services on a property in Northburn, Cromwell.

Police were working to establish the circumstances of the person's death, but it was not thought to be suspicious.

At 6.30pm emergency services were alerted to a serious injury during a controlled burn-off at the scene.

Paramedics arrived by helicopter to the fire, located several kilometres inland from State Highway 8, south of the Cromwell turn-off.

Details of the victim will not be released until next of kin have been advised.

The Press