28 Apr 2009

Man dies as holiday house burns down

5:52 pm on 28 April 2009

An Arrowtown man died on Monday night at the scene of a fire that destroyed a holiday house owned by America's Cup skipper Russell Coutts.

Fire Service crews found the man dead when they arrived at the blaze about 7pm. He is believed to have died from a heart attack after raising the alarm.

Arrowtown chief fire officer Garry Hall says the house was completely destroyed in the blaze. The two-storey house, built in the 1870s, was undergoing renovations.