Suspected arson in central Christchurch
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.