Deadly fire at New Zealand hostel treated as suspicious | world news

A deadly fire at a hostel in New Zealand is considered suspicious.

At least six people were killed when the a fire broke out at Loafers Lodge on Monday eveningand several others are missing.

Wellington fire crews have now handed the scene over to police and officers hope to enter the building within hours.

The move was delayed by concerns about the structural stability of the building.

Officials have warned that the investigation will be thorough, methodical and could take several days.

Inspector Dion Bennett said: “Along with examining the scene, officers will work to locate and recover those who lost their lives in the fire.

“We know many people are waiting for news from family and friends – including residents who have escaped the fire and are anxiously awaiting news from their housemates.

“I want to reassure again that we have a large number of officers working on this investigation, with the aim of getting them the answers they need as quickly as possible.”

Fifty-two people were rescued by firefighters from the blaze, described by Wellington Mayor Tory Whanau as a “shock to the system”.

“I am devastated,” she said, adding, “I feel a lot of pain and emotion for those who have been lost.”


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