Arsonist targets Woolston home

An arsonist hit Woolston overnight.

Firefighters attended a house fire in Ferry Rd, near the intersection with Palinurus Rd, about 1am today.

A Fire Service spokesman said there were "indications" the fire may have been deliberately lit because it started in several places.

No-one was injured in the blaze, which was brought under control within two hours.

A police spokesman said the fire was being treated as suspicious and would be investigated by police and fire-safety officers.

It is the third suspicious fire in the past few days.

On Friday night, fires destroyed the historic Billens Building on the corner of Tuam and High streets and the old Konica Minolta building in Moorhouse Ave.

The two fires happened less than an hour apart.

A fire investigator said the two fires could be linked, although there was no "hard evidence" linking the fires.

"They have similarities, being buildings that are unoccupied and that don't have power, so there should be nobody in them," fire risk management officer Shane O'Brien said.

Police are still urging any witnesses to the central-city fires to come forward.

Detective Sergeant Ross Tarawhiti said police wanted to speak to people who may have seen the fires in the early stages.

"We've had a number of people call in and we are working our way through them," he said.

"We just want as many people to call as possible, and we understand there may be some people who had pictures of the fires. We'd like to see them too."

The Press