A man is dead after a fire in a commercial building in Ashburton this morning.
Southern Fire Communications shift manager Karl Patterson said fire crews responded to reports of smoke coming from a commercial building in Bryant St, Tinwald, just after 6am.
"Our crews arrived and there was a fire but it wasn't fully ablaze.
"They pulled one person from the building and that person has since died."
Mr Patterson said fire crews were still on site and a Fire Safety crew was en route from Christchurch to investigate.
Nobody else was believed to be in the building at the time, he said.
The building was a "workshop type situation" Mr Patterson said.
Fire Safety and police were investigating.