Hostel fire in New Zealand: 6 fatalities
A fire broke out in a hostel in Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, the cause of which has not yet been determined. 6 people died in the fire, 11 people could not be heard from. It was announced that construction workers, hospital workers and people convicted of petty crimes were staying in the hostel.
New Zealand Fire and Emergency Chief Bruce Stubbs said there was a lot of rubble as a result of the roof collapse and that they had located 6 people in that area. Wellington Regional Chief Nick Pyatt expressed his condolences to the families of the deceased, saying that the biggest disaster in recent years has been experienced. Tala Sili, who was in the hostel at the time of the fire, said that smoke entered under the room door, and when she opened the door, the corridor was covered with smoke and she had no choice but to jump out of the window. Making statements after the fire, the police stated that a clearer explanation could be made after 92 rooms were made accessible.
Wellington Police District Chief Dion Bennett said they have a list of all the people who were or could be at the hostel last night.
New Zealand Prime Minister Chris Hipkins stated that the incident was terrible and tragic, and that large-scale investigations would be carried out, but that their priority at the moment was to fight the fire.