16 May 2010

Woman dies in Waiheke retirement home fire

8:00 pm on 16 May 2010

An elderly woman has been found dead after a small fire broke out in her retirement home on Waiheke Island in the Hauraki Gulf.

The Fire Service says it received a call just before midday on Sunday from a caretaker who had seen the blackened windows in the unit.

Fire Safety Investigator Kerry Gregory says firefighters found the woman dead.

He says there was a fire in the woman's bedroom and it looks she tried to get out after a smoke alarm went off, but she was overcome by the smoke.

Mr Gregory says the fire was already out when the fire service arrived.