Burnt-out car sparks scrub fire

03:51, Nov 21 2013
West Melton fire
ASHEN: 150 square metres of trees and scrub were burnt.
West Melton fire
FIRE CREW: Five crews from Rolleston, Kirwee and West Melton fought the flames for three hours.
West Melton fire
BURNT-OUT: A burning car was the source of the fire.

A forest fire in rural Canterbury this morning had spread from a car that was set alight.

The fire on Thompsons Rd, near West Melton, was reported to emergency services just after 9am today.

A Fire Service spokesman said the blaze had spread after a Nissan Skyline car was set on fire and abandoned.

Five fire crews from Rolleston, Kirwee and West Melton stations fought the blaze for about three hours.

The fire burned through about 150 square metres of scrub before it was brought under control.

The incident was now being investigated by police, the spokesman said.

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