Our 3-Step Escape Plan

  • First Escape Route
  • Second Escape Route
  • Meeting Place

Use this space to note any additional information about your escape plan, i.e. who will assist

Your checklist
  • Get low

    Smoke is poisonous and more deadly than flames.

    If you breathe smoke for more than a few breaths it can kill you.

  • Be fast

    A house fire can kill you in less than three minutes.

    Don't spend time trying to save possessions.

  • Close doors

    A closed door buys you time.

    It slows down the spread of fire, giving you more time to get to safety.

  • Get out - stay out!

    People have died by going back into a fire.

    Don't leave the meeting place to go back inside for any reason.

Fire & Emergency New Zealand

Loafers Lodge Fire: Information for the Public

Public Safety and Response Summary: Loafers Lodge Fire

Newtown, Wellington

In the early hours of 16 May 2023, a tragic and fatal fire occurred at Loafers Lodge Hostel in Newtown, Wellington. Fire and Emergency New Zealand extends our condolences to the whānau, families, and friends of those whose lives were lost.

We extend our gratitude to all our crews and to New Zealand Police and other first responders who attended the fire , as well as to residents and community members for their cooperation and understanding during this tragic event.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of the community. Following this incident, we look to support the local community, to in turn support those directly affected by this tragedy.

We would like to share this essential safety advice for affected and nearby residents, and the wider community:

Be In Touch: If you are trying to find or contact loved ones, please contact the Police on 105.

Be Prepared: Take precautions to prevent fire occurring in your homes. Check your smoke alarms are installed and working correctly, and you have an updated 3-step escape plan. Visit escapemyhouse.co.nz to review your homes fire readiness.

Be Informed: Stay updated by checking local news, Wellington City Council’s website and social media accounts, and other emergency alerts for relevant updates and instructions. For further updates and information from Fire and Emergency, please visit our website and social media channels.

Be Helpful: Wellington City Mission has set up a donation appeal to help give much needed urgent assistance to affected residents and their whanau.

Be Patient: Adhere to any road closures or delays. These are in place for the continued safety of the community and may remain for some time. Minimise travel through the affected area to enable emergency services to carry out their duties effectively. Local traffic management updates are available at Waka Kotahi. Bus services are also affected, with information available at Metlink.

Be safe: The roof of Loafers Lodge contained some asbestos material. This will be kept damp on-site until it is removed, preventing asbestos being released into the air. While there is there is no public safety risk in the surrounding area, nearby residents can choose to keep windows and doors closed. If there is dust around your property, you can also remove shoes before entering your house.

Be Supported: If you or someone you know requires assistance or support due to this incident, please reach out to the following organisations. They are available to provide guidance, counselling, and assistance during this challenging time:

If you have any urgent inquiries or concerns, please contact the Police on 105.

Incident Summary

Just after midnight on 16 May 2023, a fire broke out at Loafers Lodge in Newtown, Wellington. Firefighters were immediately dispatched to the scene, where they encountered a significant fire affecting part of the building.

An evacuation process was started, to confirm the safety of remaining residents and nearby properties. Necessary safety measures, including road closures were put in place to secure the area and safeguard the public and emergency responders.

FENZ Media Statements

WCC Media Statement