House fire vic­tim named

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - PHILLIPA YALDEN

The woman found dead in a house fire in the South Waikato last week has been named as Roma Joseph.

Po­lice are con­tin­u­ing in­quiries into the sus­pi­cious fire at the 58-year-old grand­mother’s home in the town of Ti­rau on May 1.

De­tec­tive Se­nior Sergeant Matt Cran­shaw, of Taupo, said a post-mortem had been com­pleted and in­quiries were on­go­ing.

‘‘We are still col­lect­ing in­for­ma­tion about what hap­pened, last week we made a flurry of in­quiries.’’

The blaze broke out on the left hand side liv­ing area of the two bed­room rental home on Lit­tle St last Mon­day.

About 50 per cent of the run­down weath­er­board home was fully en­gulfed in flames by the time the first of four fire crews ar­rived at 3.30am.

Cran­shaw said po­lice were await­ing the re­sults of sam­ples col­lected by foren­sic spe­cial­ists be­fore de­ter­min­ing the ex­act cause of the fire.

Those who knew Roma, who was known as Rona to neigh­bours, de­scribed her as a ‘‘lovely woman, who kept to her­self’’.

Those who knew her in the small ad­join­ing street a block back from the cen­tre of Ti­rau said she kept the rental tidy and was al­ways friendly.

She would give a wave or say hello on one of her walks, but mostly kept to her­self.

CHRISTEL YARDLEY/FAIR­FAX NZ

Foren­sic spe­cial­ists con­duct a scene ex­am­i­na­tion at a house in Ti­rau.

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