Three suspicious fires overnight
Firefighters are worried about a ''concerning pattern'' of suspicious fires in Canterbury, after three properties were set ablaze in the region overnight.
Crews are still at the scene of a fire that gutted a two storey red zone property in Dallington early this morning, while two other fires in Kaiapoi and Linwood also needed to be brought under control.
A Fire Service spokeswoman said crews were called about 3.30am to the weatherboard Banks Ave house in Dallington.
It took five fire appliances to contain the blaze, which has destroyed the character home.
Earlier last night, about 1am, the fire service was called to a house fire on Jollie St, Kaiapoi.
The spokeswoman said the fire threatened a adjoining property, and additional crews had to be called in to assist.
Kaiapoi senior station officer Tristan Roberts said the fire was the second suspicious fire in the area in the past few days.
''It is quite a concerning pattern that appears to be emerging,'' Roberts said.
He said residents in the area needed to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police.
Shortly after the Kaiapoi fire, at about 1.30am, crews attended a ''huge'' garage fire on Ruru Rd, Linwood.
The spokeswoman said the large garage was totally ablaze when the fire service arrived.
Nobody was injured in any of the fires.
All three fires are being treated as suspicious and will be investigated by Fire Safety officers today.