A 10-year-old boy has died after a serious fire in Hastings on Monday afternoon.
Emergency services were called to the fire at a derelict building on Heretaunga Street West at 2:30pm on Monday afternoon. Two children were rescued from the fire but were hospitalised with serious burns.
The young boy died in Hawke's Bay Hospital early on Tuesday morning.
The other child remains in hospital in a stable condition.
Eastern district police are currently investigating the cause of the fire, which has been deemed "suspicious".
Police are urging anyone who saw "unusual activity" to contact Hastings Police Station on (06) 873 0500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.