17 Mar 2014

Caravan fire victim yet to be identified

11:33 am on 17 March 2014

Invercargill police say the formal identification of a 45-year-old woman who died in a caravan fire is unlikely to take place on Monday.

Her body was discovered early on Sunday morning in the caravan, which was well ablaze, along with the house it was parked next to.

Seven other people were treated for smoke inhalation.

Senior Sergeant Brian Benn says police believe they know who the woman is but her name hasn't been released as she's yet to be formally identified.

A post-mortem is unlikely to be carried out on Monday, because experts need to be called in to assess DNA.

Police investigators and two fire safety officers have been working to establish the cause of the fire.

The Fire Service says the house and the caravan did not have smoke alarms.