Police have released the name of the man who died in a
fire in a granny flat in Albert Town yesterday morning.
He was Bruce James Cochran (53), of Albert Town.
Police were yesterday reluctant to confirm Mr Cochran's
identity, saying dental records would be required to
positively identify him.
Residents in the house in front of the flat yesterday said
they were ''as sure as they can be'' of his identity.
Police today said a scene examination was progressing well,
and a post mortem examination would be conducted in Dunedin
Detective Senior Sergeant Colin Blackie yesterday said there
was ''nothing at this stage indicating foul play, but you
can't cross that out''.
Experts from ESR in Christchurch and fire investigators from
Dunedin were at the scene yesterday and it was expected gas
and electrical experts would also examine the flat.
At the scene, Fire Service East Otago commander Laurence
Voight said Wanaka firefighters found the body at 4.30am.
The fire was well involved ''and after searching for a couple
of minutes they located a person inside, in the rear
Mr Voight said attempts were being made to contact North
Island relatives of the victim.
A nearby resident, Kylie Arnesen, said she was alerted to the
fire by her 6-year-old dog Zoe, who had been sleeping
Ms Arnesen said the fire was ''well ablaze'' by the time she
saw it and rang emergency services.