THE brother of a BBC presenter is “unaccounted for” after a horror blaze in a New Zealand hostel killed six individuals.
Lucy Hockings and her household are “awaiting additional info from the authorities” having not heard from Liam after the huge fire in Wellington.
Six individuals have been confirmed to have died within the hearth at Loafers Lodge and cops are treating the incident as suspicious.
Police added that they’ve accounted for not less than 92 individuals who have been within the hostel on the time of the hearth.
Whereas fewer than 20 are nonetheless unaccounted for.
Related Press reported that individuals have been pressured to flee of their pyjamas as flames tore by means of the hostel, with others seen diving from home windows or rescued by firefighters from the roof.
Lucy remains to be ready for information on her brother with the BBC issuing a press release earlier in the present day.
“Liam lived on the hostel. Lucy and her household are awaiting additional info from the authorities and we ask that her and her household’s privateness is revered presently.
“The BBC will do the whole lot it might probably to assist Lucy.”
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Chris Hipkins commented on Liam’s disappearance, saying they knew one another from college.
He mentioned: “My ideas are with Liam’s household and his prolonged household.
“I have not seen numerous him lately, though I’ve run into him at numerous occasions across the place.”
The horror hearth broke out in a four-storey hostel – predominately utilized by the federal government to deal with deportees.
A fireplace chief described the horror blaze as his “worst nightmare”.
A minimum of 20 hearth vehicles have been on the scene by 4am native time, with as much as 90 firefighters battling the flames.
Wellington Fireplace and Emergency District Supervisor Pyatt mentioned: “That is our once-in-a-decade hearth for Wellington.
“I can sadly report that this will probably be a multi-fatality incident.
“Our ideas presently are with the households of those that have perished and with our crews who valiantly rescued these and tried to rescue those who they couldn’t.
“That is our worst nightmare. It doesn’t worsen than this.”
Inspector Dion Bennett, appearing Wellington District Commander for New Zealand Police, mentioned after the hearth: “We all know there are a lot of individuals ready for information of household and buddies – together with the residents who escaped the hearth and are keenly ready for information of their fellow tenants.
“I once more wish to present the reassurance that we now have a lot of officers engaged on this investigation, with the intention of offering them the solutions they want as rapidly as potential.”
Hockings studied with Hipkins at Massey College, the place he educated as a journalist.
He went on to work on the New Zealand Union of College students’ Associations and finally moved into journalism.