16 May 2023

Wellington Hostel Fire: At least six dead, fears for others

From Nine To Noon, 9:15 am on 16 May 2023
Loafers Lodge fire in Wellington

Photo: RNZ / Samuel Rillstone

Six people are thought to have died in a blaze at a Wellington Hostel over night, and many residents are missing. Police have not yet confirmed the number of fatalities but estimate fewer than 10 people are likely to have perished in the fire at Loafers Lodge in Adelaide Road.

At least five people have been taken to hospital, two in a serious condition. Deputy District fire commander Brendan Nally says the number of deaths are expected to rise as firefighters search the building this morning. Kathryn speaks to RNZ reporter Jemima Huston at the scene of the fire.