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Newtown fire: police release names of three victims, update on investigation

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Michael Wahrlich (L), Peter O’Sullivan (R). PHOTOS SUPPLIED.

The scene examination at Loafers Lodge has continued today.

Police are making good progress covering ground in the building, but it is methodical and deliberate and will take time.

The northbound lane of Adelaide Road remains closed at this time. We are grateful for the public’s patience while we carry out critical work at the scene which requires the continued closure of the northbound lane.

Police have now formally identified three victims.

‘We extend our condolences to their families at this extremely difficult time’ said Inspector Dion Bennett, Acting Wellington District Commander

‘The formal identification process continues for two further victims.

‘The scene examination will continue until it is completed.’

Names of victims

Melvin Joseph Parun

This evening police released the names of three victims of the fire. They were:

  • Michael Wahrlich, 67 of Wellington
  • Melvin Joseph Parun, 68
  • Peter Glenn O’Sullivan, 64

The families of the victims asked for privacy. The family of Mr Wahrlich released a short statement:

“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.”

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