Suspected arson in central Christchurch

20:49, Jul 23 2014
worcester st fire
SUSPECTED ARSON: A derelict house in Worcester St was damaged in a suspected arson overnight.

Arson is suspected after a derelict house caught fire in central Christchurch.

Firefighters were called to an abandoned two-storey Worcester St home, near Barbadoes St, about 11:30pm yesterday.

A Fire Service spokesman said it was "well involved" when they arrived.

The suspicious fire was contained and extinguished within two hours, but firefighters stayed until about 4:30am today to make sure it did not spark up again.

He said the property was "extensively damaged".

Fire Safety and police would be on site to investigate this morning.


The Press