17 Mar 2017

Taupō house fire claims third victim

9:40 pm on 17 March 2017

A third person has died following this morning's house fire on a dairy farm near Taupō.

Emergency services were called to the farm near Rangitaiki just before 3am, with flames visible from kilometres away.

A woman and a toddler were also killed in the blaze and police said a man had since died of his injuries in hospital.

Two others were injured.

The fire had to be fought from the outside before there was a chance of going in, police said.

The house had working smoke alarms.

A scene examination will continue tomorrow.