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Source: New Zealand Police (District News)

Attribute to Detective Senior Sergeant Nadene Richmond, Waitematā CIB:

Police have completed an examination of the scene following the fatal property fire in Coatesville on Tuesday.

The investigation around the circumstances of the fire is ongoing and at this stage the cause of the fire is yet to be determined. 

Police can now release the name of the second person who died in the Coatesville fire on Tuesday.

He was Phoenix Lee Cairo Roycroft, aged 13.

Police extend our sympathies to the family of the deceased who we are providing support to along with Victim Support.

We are not in a position to comment further at this time.

ENDS

STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF THE ROYCROFT FAMILY:

As a family we are devastated by the deaths of Phoenix and Lee.

Phoenix was a cheeky, loveable and typical 13-year-old boy who loved skateboarding and gaming. He was popular amongst his school friends and had a strong bond with his nana.

Lee was a hardworking and respected member of the local community who loved his music and was talented on the guitar and piano.

We want to thank the community for their support.

This is an extremely difficult time for us as a family as we come to terms with what has happened.

We ask for privacy at this time to grieve and we do not wish to make any further comment in the media.

ENDS

Issued by Police Media Centre

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