Wellington hostel fire live updates: six people dead and 11 missing in New Zealand blaze – latest news

11 people unaccounted for

We have an update now on the number of people still accounted for after a fire at a hostel in Wellington, New Zealand.

Brendon Nally, the Deputy National Commander of New Zealand’s Fire and Emergency services, has just told Stuff.NZ, that emergency services are still searching for 11 people.

He said firefighters had saved “several dozen” people.

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Australia’s Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, has described a hostel fire in the New Zealand capital that claimed multiple lives as a “dreadful human tragedy”.

The prime minister said he had spoken with New Zealand counterpart Chris Hipkins following the fire, and offered Australian assistance.

“This is a dreadful human tragedy. I expressed my condolences on behalf of Australia to our friends in New Zealand at this very difficult time,” Mr Albanese told reporters in Melbourne.

“Any assistance of course will, as always, be…

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This article was written by Helen Sullivan and originally published on www.theguardian.com