House fire victim named
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.
Forensic specialists conduct a scene examination at a house in Tirau.