Two suspicious fires in Pines Beach

SARAH-JANE O'CONNOR
Last updated 13:25 20/12/2013

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A second house has gone up in flames in the Pines Beach red zone in the space of two days.

Firefighters from Kaiapoi and Pines Beach were called to the Kay Ave blaze shortly before 1.30am. The house was already engulfed in flames.

On Tuesday night, a house on Dunns Ave was gutted by fire. It has since been demolished.

A Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) spokeswoman said fire-damaged red zone houses were demolished urgently to remove any hazard, such as children exploring the site.

The Pines Beach houses were 50 metres apart. This morning a worker was removing cordon fencing from the Dunns Ave site and carrying it to fence off the newest arson site.

Both fires are being treated as suspicious.

Fire Service area commander David Berry said there would be a proactive approach in the Pines Beach red zone. A mail drop will ask residents to keep an eye out and make sure any rubbish is removed. 

The fire service is working with Cera to patrol the area.

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