25 May 2013

Fatal explosion and fire in Hokitika garage

4:15 pm on 25 May 2013

A man died when a garage on a rural property near Hokitika caught fire on Saturday morning.

The fire service says it was called by neighbours who noticed the fire at 4.20am, after an explosion.

A garage at the back of the Kaniere Rd property was well alight, with the windows blown out by the heat of the fire.

A body was discovered in the building, which contained motorbikes and mechanical equipment.

Police say the person will be formally identified after a post-mortem on Sunday.

An investigation has begun into what caused the explosion.