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.