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Arrest made after deadly New Zealand hostel fire that killed at least six people

In New Zealand, a man was arrested after an inferno in a Wellington hostel that killed at least six people.

Police said that he has been charged for two counts of arson following the fire at Loafers lodge in Wellington. However, if the case continues, he could face additional charges.

On Friday, the unnamed suspect is expected to appear in court.

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A murder investigation has been launched. An ongoing investigation is underway. Dion Bennett said that officers are confident there is no other suspect.

On Thursday morning, the officers had removed the bodies of the first two victims from the hostel. They said that they would remove the two additional victims on Friday. Mr Bennett added that more victims may have been found.

He said that the damage to the third-floor was significant.

The debris is high, and they have a lot to search and move underneath.

He didn’t confirm whether there were any signs of arson on the scene.

A couch in the lodge had caught fire two hours earlier, but it was not reported to the emergency services.

The police are looking into whether there is any connection between the two fires.

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As flames tore through the building in the early morning hours of Tuesday, some people were forced out wearing their pajamas. Others were rescued by jumping from the roof and others jumped through windows.

Yesterday, Mr Bennett stated that 92 people were accounted for while 20 others had not.

The hostel’s 92 rooms accommodated construction workers, hospital employees and people serving community sentences for minor crimes.

Grant Robertson, Wellington Central MP, said that some of the hostel residents were vulnerable and lost their possessions in the fire.

The building was not equipped with sprinklers. This is because older buildings are not required to have them. They would also need retrofitting.

Prime Minister Chris Hipkins stated on Wednesday that he had asked the minister of housing to examine issues surrounding building regulations and see if there was anything else we could be doing.


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