Fatal Ashburton fire accidental

Fire investigators have determined a blaze that killed a 56-year-old Ashburton man was accidental.

Police today released the name of the man who was found in a work shed at the back of his Bryant St property, in Tinwald, on Friday morning.

He was Neil Donald Molloy.

Fire safety officer Graham Davies, who investigated the blaze, found the cause to be accidental. He could not provide any further details.

He said the coroner would make a formal determination regarding the fire.

Davies said there were no smoke alarms in the office of the engineering workshop, where the man lived.

"We don't know if he was asleep at the time, but there was a bed in there.

"It could've been a different outcome with working smoke alarms in there," Davies said.

The Fire Service was called to the blaze just after 6am.

Southern Fire Communications shift manager Karl Patterson said the building was "not that evolved" when fire crews arrived.

It was not known if the man had died from smoke inhalation or burns.

The Press