Inspector Dion Bennett, Acting Wellington District Commander says as a result of the detailed, methodical search, Police can confirm the total number of victims in the Loafers Lodge, Newtown fire on 16 May is five.
There were about 94 people in the lodge’s 92 rooms at the time of the fire in Newtown.
Among them were nurses, 501 deportees, people on community sentences, a former refugee and people supported by community services.
A number of hospital staff were also residing at the lodge, according to Capital and Coast District Health Board. One source says some migrant nurses were using the accommodation.
Wellington Police have arrested a man in relation to the fire at Loafers Lodge and charged him with two counts of arson.
“Our scene examination is continuing and is expected to extend into next week,” says Inspector Bennett.
He says Police have already released the victims’ names, and are offering support to their families.
“Our scene examination is continuing and is expected to extend into next week. Finally, Police acknowledge the victims.
“Kei nga mate koutou ra, haere ki te urupa o ratou ma, e moe okioki.”