A BBC spokeswoman said the journalist and family were “awaiting further information from the authorities” after the fire. Wellington on tuesday.
Police in the capital are calling fires suspicious after reports of “multiple fatalities” at Loafers Lodge, and some of the affected families are awaiting news of the missing persons. .
Associated Press According to the Associated Press, officers identified 92 people who were at the hostel and believed the missing persons were on a list of less than 20 people, putting the expected final death toll at less than 10. It is
Hockings is awaiting news about his brother Liam, with the BBC issuing a statement on Wednesday.
A spokesperson said: “Lucy Hockings’ brother Liam Hockings remains missing after a devastating fire at a hostel in Wellington, New Zealand.
“Liam lived in a hostel. Lucy and her family are awaiting further information from authorities and we ask that her and her family’s privacy be respected at this time.
“The BBC will do everything in its power to support Lucy.”
People were forced to evacuate in their pajamas as flames burst through the hostel, according to the Associated Press, with some jumping out of windows and being rescued by firefighters from rooftops.
Deputy New Zealand Police Wellington District Commander Inspector Dion Bennett said he expected the investigation to continue “for some time”.
Police are also investigating a link to a sofa fire that occurred two hours before the fatal fire.
Bennett said officers will enter the building on Wednesday afternoon after a health and safety assessment to try to locate and contain the deceased.
In a statement, the police officer added: “We know there are many people who are waiting to hear from their family and friends, including residents who have escaped the fire and are eagerly awaiting news of other tenants.
“I would like to once again reassure you that numerous police officers are working on this investigation with the aim of giving them the answers they need as soon as possible.”
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