By 3 News online staff
Fears a person was inside a shed that burnt to the ground have been realised, with human remains discovered inside the West Coast building today.
Police and fire service investigators are combing through the scene at Karangarua near Franz Josef where the shed burned to the ground early this morning.
The fire was reported around 3am but the shed had already been completely destroyed.
Police say a vehicle was seen outside the building, which had raised concerns someone might have been inside.
A scene examination is continuing to find the cause of the fire and to identify the person inside.
A post-mortem is yet to be held into the cause of death.