One dead, one seriously injured in fire
MARYANNE TWENTYMAN AND JENNA LYNCH
One person is dead and a man seriously injured after a house fire in Tokoroa last night.
The Fire Service was called to the Dalmeny St property just after 6.30pm.
Fire communications shift manager Dallas Ramsay said multiple calls had been received about the fire and the house was "well involved in flames" when fire crews arrived.
Police spokeswoman Kim Perks said a man had been taken to Waikato Hospital with serious burns.
"The body of a second person has been located inside the house," she said.
"It can't be confirmed at this stage whether the deceased is a man or a woman."
A neighbour, who did not want to be named, said he called 111 after hearing a large explosion when he was putting his car away in the garage.
"It sounded like windows blowing out," he said.
"I ran to the gate and I could see flames starting to come out of the windows."
He said he could hear someone shouting at the property but couldn't see the person as it was dark.
"I couldn't work out what they were saying - but they were yelling and it sounded like a man."
The man, who has lived in the street for almost 12 years, said he did not know the people who lived at the address but another neighbour said that two men had been living there.
The woman, who also did not wish to be identified, said a large group of people had gathered outside the address when she walked along to see what was happening.
She was told by a friend that a man was seen coming out of the address with "bad burns".
"There were fire trucks, an ambulance and police cars everywhere," she said.
Perks said the scene had been cordoned off and would be secured overnight pending a full scene investigation by police and fire safety officers today.
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