One person dies in Ruatahuna house fire

11:32 am on 1 May 2019

One person died when a house burned to the ground in the Bay of Plenty.

Fire crews were was called to the property in the small town of Ruatahuna, near Te Urewera, at 2am, a spokesperson for Fire and Emergency said.

Five fire trucks and two fire investigators were at the Mataatua Road property.

A second person person from the house was taken to hospital in a moderate condition, police said.

Police are working with Fire and Emergency to determine the cause of the fire.