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Loafers Lodge Fire Treated as Arson, Homicide Inquiry Underway

Loafers Lodge Fire Treated as Arson, Homicide Inquiry UnderwayPhoto:RNZ

The fire at Loafers Lodge is being investigated as arson, according to acting Wellington district commander inspector Dion Bennett. He stated that th

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The fire at Loafers Lodge is being investigated as arson, according to acting Wellington district commander inspector Dion Bennett. He stated that the fire is now considered a homicide inquiry. While there are people of interest in the investigation, no arrests have been made yet. The scene examination will take several days due to the large size of the building. The death toll from the fire is currently at six, but it may increase. The welfare of staff involved in the investigation is being prioritized, and support is available for them. The area has been deemed safe for police to work in, and efforts are being made to locate and recover the deceased. The investigation aims to provide timely answers, and anyone with information is urged to come forward. The council is assisting with housing the affected residents.

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