An elderly man is thought to have died in a house fire near
The house was destroyed in the fire, which happened early on
Friday at Puha, 35km from Gisborne.
Detective Sergeant Steve Smith said the exact cause of the
blaze had not yet been confirmed.
"The body of the deceased was removed from the ruins of the
house yesterday afternoon," Mr Smith said.
A post-mortem examination was expected to be done this
weekend on the victim, who lived alone at the property.
"We know the home was occupied by a single, elderly man, who
lived there on his own," Mr Smith said.
"It is important that we ascertain if the cause is suspicious
or not, and at this stage we have an open mind on that."
- Gisborne Herald staff