Fire started in the lounge


The re­port showed the house was so badly dam­aged that a chest of draw­ers had fallen through the top floor, land­ing in the hall­way.

The fire was con­cluded to have started in the lounge, judg­ing by burn pat­terns and the amount of dam­age in the room.

But be­cause of the lim­ited ac­cess, it was not possible to de­ter­mine the ex­act point of ori­gin, and its cause was there­fore ‘‘un­de­ter­mined’’.

Witnesses were ap­pre­hen­sive, the re­port said.

‘‘Due to the very sen­si­tive na­ture of re­cent events in Kokiri Cres, witnesses were re­luc­tant to give their names, but were will­ing to of­fer in­for­ma­tion on what they had seen and heard.’’

A Hous­ing NZ spokes­woman said the ru­ins had since been de­mol­ished.

The other siege prop­erty, where Tekira died, was tested for metham­phetamine and tear gas con­tam­i­na­tion, and came back clear.

Its fu­ture would de­pend on de­mand for hous­ing and the views of the com­mu­nity.

Jones urged the take­away food con­tainer’s owner to come for­ward.

Any­one who had fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about the clue or the sus­pected ar­son to tell po­lice by phon­ing their lo­cal sta­tion or call­ing Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555 111, he said.


The ‘‘D’’ in­di­cates the lounge, which burn pat­terns show was the ori­gin of the fire that destroyed 26a Kokiri Cres, the house where siege gun­man Pita Tekira shot po­lice dog Gazza dead.

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