Baby and woman killed in house fire

A house fire in Taupo has left two people dead and three others injured.

UPDATED 11.03AM: A woman and an infant have been confirmed as the two people killed in a house fire in Taupo this morning.

Detective Senior Sergeant Matt Cranshaw says a scene examination is underway at the scene of the fatal fire.

Emergency services were called to the fire at a property on State Highway 5 in Rangitaiki, at 2.49am.

"Police can confirm that a woman and an infant are deceased. A further three people are being treated in hospital.

"A scene examination is being conducted by Police, Fire and ESR scientists," says Matt.

"Victim Support and Police are supporting the relatives of those involved during this time."

Police will not speculate on the cause of the fire until the investigation is concluded.

EARLIER:

Two people are dead and three others injured following a house fire in Taupo.

Emergency services were called to the fire at a property on State Highway 5 in Rangitaiki, at 2.49am.

Police say the three patients were airlifted to Waikato Hospital.

Their conditions are believed to be serious.

The cause of the fire is unknown and police, along with a fire safety officer, will return to the scene this morning to conduct a scene examination.

People with information about the fire are asked to contact their nearest police station.

Alternatively, information can be left anonymously via the Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 line.



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