A Hawkes Bay woman who suffered horrific burns on Christmas
Day has died in hospital.
Neighbours say the 42-year-old was burned in her Whakatu
house, 5km north of Hastings, after a day-long domestic
Police said her name would be released after next of kin were
told of her death.
The woman died yesterday and an autopsy would be carried out
No charges have yet been laid in relation to her death.
The woman's 49-year-old partner is being treated in Lower
Hutt Hospital for burns to his hands and arms he suffered
during the incident.
Detective Senior Sergeant Dave de Lange said police had
completed a scene examination of the property and a number of
items had been seized and sent for forensic testing.
It was likely to be some time before any results were
available in relation to the tests, he said.
It would be "several days" before police would be able to
speak with any of the people who were at the home when the
woman was burned, Mr de Lange said.
Emergency services were called to the couple's home on
Christmas evening after neighbours reported hearing "screams
that somebody was on fire" after a large cloud of black smoke
was seen rising from the backyard where the woman and her
partner lived with their daughters.
The woman was rushed to Auckland's Middlemore Hospital's
intensive care unit for treatment to burns that covered much
of her body.
The fire at 7.10pm was the culmination of "very loud"
day-long arguing, a neighbour said.
"We heard her yelling and screaming all day and he was
yelling and screaming all day," a neighbour said.
"The kids kept coming out and then we saw the smoke ... it
wasn't very nice at all. They have quite a few domestics in
there but this is the worst they have ever had."