One dead in Ashburton fire

A man is dead after a fire in a commercial building in Ashburton this morning.

Southern Fire Communications shift manager Karl Patterson said fire crews responded to reports of smoke coming from a commercial building in Bryant St, Tinwald, just after 6am.

"Our crews arrived and there was a fire but it wasn't fully ablaze.

"They pulled one person from the building and that person has since died."

Mr Patterson said fire crews were still on site and a Fire Safety crew was en route from Christchurch to investigate.

Nobody else was believed to be in the building at the time, he said.

The building was a "workshop type situation" Mr Patterson said.

Fire Safety and police were investigating.

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