Fire 'ruins' house while owner on holiday

MYLES HUME
Last updated 07:48 14/08/2014

Relevant offers

Crime

Number of police being injured while at work decreasing Long-running pokie gambling fraud trial enters final stages Wellington musician's van stolen twice in four days Man pepper sprayed and arrested after incident in Cromwell Police find offender covered in blood after drunken night of 'mayhem' No conviction for police officer who hit pedestrian with his car in Wellington Thieves steal van with $30,000 worth of paintings inside Man scams six restaurants out of food and drink with promises to pay later Police say teen made false complaint about abduction High risk offender Darren Jolly jailed for extended supervision order breaches

Ashburton fire investigators will return this morning to the scene of a suspicious fire that destroyed a house.

Fire investigator Kevin Collins spent several hours at the Leeston St address last night, but had found no definitive cause for the fire.

It appeared the fire had started in the front of the house about 6.30pm yesterday, before going on to cause extensive fire, heat and smoke damage to the entire property, he said.

No-one was home at the time, but a tenant returned while three fire crews battled the blaze.

The homeowner, who lives at the property, would be shocked when they returned from a holiday in Australia, Collins said.

He did not know if the property was insured.

Ad Feedback

- The Press

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content