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.
- The Press
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