Emergency crews responding to fatal house fire in Martinborough

Statement to be attributed to Detective Senior Sergeant Barry Bysouth:

A person has died following a house fire in Martinborough early this morning.

Emergency services were alerted to the fire on White Rock Road just after 1am.

One occupant managed to escape to a neighbouring property however a second person was later found deceased.

While the fire is not initially being treated as suspicious, a scene examination is expected to begin today.

The body is yet to be removed from the property. Once this has occurred a post mortem and official identification process will be carried out.

The other occupant is being treated for smoke inhalation.

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