Red-zone house collapses in 'suspicious' blaze

23:57, May 20 2014
Avonside Dr fire
FIREBALL: The Avonside Dr property was well ablaze by the time firefighters arrived.

Firefighters battled two suspicious fires overnight in Christchurch.

Fire southern communications shift manager Andrew Norris said they were called to a fire at a "derelict house" on Avonside Dr at 9.50pm. The property is red-zoned.

The house was well ablaze when they arrived, and Norris said it collapsed while firefighters were at the scene.

It is the fourth red-zone house to go up in flames this year, after a Kaiapoi house was destroyed by suspected arson in February and two red-zoned properties on New Brighton Rd were torched earlier this month.

Gloucester St fire
SURVEYING: Fire investigators attend the scene of a Gloucester St fire.

Then at 10.40pm the fire service was called to a second fire in a group of four flats on Gloucester St.

Norris said one of the flats was on fire but it appeared no-one was home at the time. 

Fire investigators would be at both scenes today.

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