Homicide investigation launched following fatal house fire in East Auckland

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A homicide investigation has been launched into a house fire that happened in Cockle Bay on October 20.

Emergency services were called to the fire on Minerva Terrace at around 6:50 pm where 27-year-old Wiremu Arapo was found deceased.

Police began making immediate enquiries into the death on behalf of the Coroner. As part of the enquiries into the circumstances of Mr Arapo's death, it has progressed, following a post mortem examination which has lead Police to treat the matter as suspicious.

A team of investigators have been assigned to wok on the enquiry.

Two people were injured in the house fire and were taken to the hospital at the time. Police spoke to these two as part of the investigation.

Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Bolton says that there is a strong belief that there are people that know what has happened to Mr Arapo and is urging them to contact Police about the situation.

“The news of this homicide enquiry may cause some concern to members of the wider community. Police would like to reassure the public that we have a team of committed detectives working on this matter,” he said.

“We ask anyone who may have information or who witnessed suspicious activity on the evening of 20 October to come forward.”

People with information can contact Counties Manukau Police on (09) 261 1321. Information can also be provided anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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