16 Oct 2014

Canterbury scrub fire victim named

2:35 pm on 16 October 2014

The police have named the man who died during a controlled scrub burn-off near Mt Alexander in Canterbury, yesterday.

He was 71-year-old Denis Luke Hazlett from Ohoka.

His death has been referred to the Coroner.

Police said Mr Hazlett was assisting two other men at a rural Hurunui property with a controlled scrub burn-off on a steep gully.

Police, Fire Service and WorkSafe New Zealand investigations into the incident are continuing.