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Source: New Zealand Police (District News)

Police can now release the name of a man who died in the Loafers Lodge fire in Newtown, Wellington last week.

He was Michael Wahrlich, age 67, of Wellington.

Police extend our sincere condolences to his whānau and friends.

Michael’s family wishes to make a short statement, which Police is releasing on their behalf:

“The family was devastated to hear that Michael’s life was taken in this terrible tragedy.  He always enjoyed entertaining the people of Wellington and will be sadly missed by the family and all who knew him.”

The family asks for privacy at this time.


Issued by Police Media Centre