A woman was left with serious head injuries and a man was
found dead after a house fire followed a domestic incident in
west Auckland yesterday morning.
The circumstances of the man's death and the cause of the
fire are not yet known, but the woman was last night in a
stable condition in Auckland Hospital.
Shortly before 9am, emergency services were called to the
property on Makora Rd, Massey, after a neighbour reported a
woman had been assaulted by a man.
It was followed by reports of an explosion from the house,
which sparked a fire.
The woman, aged in her mid-40s and of Chinese descent, fled
to a neighbour's house following the assault.
Firefighters tackling the blaze found a man's body in the
downstairs garage of the house. He was also aged in his 40s
and of Chinese descent, police said.
"At this point we believe the incident is domestic-related.
The body in a lower part of the address is the male partner
of the female who was assaulted," detective senior sergeant
James Bothamley said.
"At this point in time we are not seeking anybody else in
relation to this incident."
It is believed a number of painting supplies and other
flammable materials provided fuel to the fire, but it was not
yet known how it started, Mr Bothamley said.
"Fire scenes are notoriously complex to investigate and it
will be sometime before we know exactly what took place in
the lower part of the house."
The circumstances surrounding the man's death were still
"At this stage what we have is a body in a garage and we're
still investigating it."
The pair lived at the property where the fire took place and
are believed to have adult children from previous
relationships who do not reside at the home.
Police had received no previous calls for domestic-related
incidents to the address, Mr Bothamley said.
However, one neighbour spoke of hearing "a bit of a fracas,
somewhere in the vicinity" a few days ago.
"A woman's voice ... and then a noise like a piece of
furniture being knocked over or something," Milli Bell said,
describing the incident.
"It didn't go on for very long."
The man and woman who lived at the house were a "very quiet
couple", who had moved to the area about a year ago, Ms Bell
Another neighbour who also saw the smoke admitted she felt
worried to leave her home following this most recent violent
incident in west Auckland.
It follows four murders across the district in the past
- By Patrice Dougan of APNZ