A 36-year-old man has died after his makeshift shelter burnt
Police said the man was the only person staying in the
shelter in Marton near Wanganui when the blaze occurred. It
is understood a lit candle may have been the cause of the
"We believe the fire has happened between 11pm on Wednesday 4
December and 8:30am today,'' Sergeant Peter Wood of Marton
"While this is a broad timeframe and the rural property being
off the main road, we want to speak to anyone that may have
been in the area during these times.''
The makeshift shelter was in a paddock on Hawkestone Road,
and the fire was reported to police by the property owner
"Officers from the Whanganui CIB and Fire Scene Investigators
are working to establish the cause of the fire. Preliminary
indications suggest a lit candle may have started the fire,''
Mr Wood said.
"A thorough scene examination is underway at the property and
officers have also been speaking with the man's friends and
associates to piece together his movements before the fire.''
The fire is not believed to have been suspicious, and the
man's death will be referred to the coroner, police said.
Further details about the man would be released once his next
of kin had been advised.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Marton police on
(06) 327 6555. Information can also be provided anonymously
to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
The incident was initially reported as a tent fire.
- Wanganui Chronicle