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Flat Bush fire claims fourth victim

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 19/01/2017

The man who survived an Auckland house fire that killed three members of his family has died in hospital nearly a month later.

Kailesh Thanabalasingham, 47, died in Middlemore Hospital on Friday morning, family spokeswoman Deborah Manning confirmed to NZ Newswire.

He was badly burned but escaped the house fire at Flat Bush on December 22 which killed his five-year-old son, 39-year-old wife and 66-year-old mother-in-law.

His 11-year-old daughter and 69-year-old father-in-law survived.

Mr Thanabalasingham, who was secretary of the Refugee Council of New Zealand, had not been informed of his family members' deaths, Ms Manning said.

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