A man and a young child were able to escape a house fire in Christchurch today that killed one person.
Emergency Services were called to the fire at Gosport Street in Aranui just after 2am.
The two-storey house was fitted with working smoke alarms which alerted one of the occupants, Fire and Emergency said in a statement.
Christchurch metro area commander Dave Stackhouse says while crews were inside they discovered a deceased person but a male and a young child escaped the fire.
Mr Stackhouse says an iwi liaison officer is on scene and supporting the family.