An Auckland cameraman found himself in the middle of the action in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Geoff Mackley, a cameraman for TV3 was first on the scene at a fatal house fire in Ellerslie.
The fire chief at the scene said an elderly woman could have survived if she had had smoke alarms installed.
Mackley said when he arrived fire had already engulfed the victim’s bedroom and parts of the hallway.
He and a friend did all they could but it was too late.