The prime minister reports that a fire at a hostel in New Zealand has killed at least 6 people
The prime minister reports that a fire at a hostel in New Zealand has killed at least 6 people

Wellington:  At least six people have died as a result of an overnight fire at a four-story hostel in the nation's capital, according to the prime minister.

According to Prime Minister Chris Hipkins, there are likely still more people who have perished in the Wellington fire after six have already been confirmed dead. Although they don't yet have an exact count, police said they believe there are fewer than 10 fatalities.

Around 2:30 in the morning, emergency services were called to the Loafers Lodge hostel. 52 people have been found, according to Wellington Fire and Emergency District Manager Nick Pyatt, but some are still missing.

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I regret to inform you that this incident will result in multiple fatalities. The families of those who have died, as well as our crews who bravely saved those they could and tried to save those they couldn't, are in our thoughts at this time, Pyatt told reporters.

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This is the stuff of nightmares, said Pyatt. "It doesn't get any worse than this." Police said they would be conducting an investigation alongside fire and emergency personnel because the cause of the fire is still unknown.

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When guests are in the capital, whether on business or to visit the nearby Wellington Hospital, Loafers Lodge promotes itself as an inexpensive place to stay. It advertises its 92 rooms as being available for extended stays

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