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.