Spate of suspicious fires
An earthquake-damaged church in Ashburton has been the target of suspected arson.
Two fire crews in breathing apparatus were required to put the Cass St church fire out about 7am this morning, a fire service spokeswoman said.
"It is suspicious because it's not occupied and not used at all," she said.
A fire safety investigator was heading there this morning to investigate.
Police were also involved.
In Southshore, the fire service attended another suspicious blaze in Rocking Horse Rd.
The spokeswoman said the 20 metre by 20m fire burnt scrub in the middle of a reserve.
"It was vegetation right at the end of the spit. It's the second time we have been there in a few days," she said.
A police spokesman said it was suspected arson.
FIRE CREWS KEPT BUSY IN PICTON
Three separate fires in Picton kept firefighters busy during the early hours of this morning.
The Picton fire brigade were called out to three fires in three separate locations at about 3am this morning.
Picton chief fire officer Wayne Wytenburg said the fires involved boats and vehicles.
Mr Wytenburg said he had to call Blenheim in to assist them with the callouts.
He could not comment on whether the fires were related.
Police and fire safety were investigating the cause of the fires.