Forensics needed to identify Franz Joseph fire victim

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The human remains discovered in a badly damaged shed on the West Coast yesterday will have to be identified by forensic testing, police say.

A body was found in the rubble of a shed at Karangarua, near Franz Joseph, following an overnight fire which completely gutted the building. It contained a mezzanine living area and was around 20 metres by 30 metres in size.

Firefighters found a car outside the shed on arrival, sparking fears someone was inside, and human remains were found later in the day.

Police and specialist fire investigators are on-site, and expect their inquiries to take some time due to the intensity of the blaze.

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