Police motorcycle goes up in flames
A police officer had just dismounted his motorcycle when it was engulfed in flames in central Christchurch today.
Emergency services were called to the corner of St David St and Moorhouse Ave at 7.15am after the motorcycle caught fire.
A Fire Service spokesman said the bike was "well ablaze" by the time crews got there.
"We've had reports coming in on a building on fire in the area, so that gives you an indication of how much smoke there was," he said.
Christchurch City fire station officer Kerry Richards said the motorcycle appeared to have been sitting on the side of the road when the fire started.
"It was quite a fire. It was definitely well involved," he said.
A police spokeswoman said the officer had parked his motorcycle on the side of the road and was speaking to a motorist when the fire started, which was mostly likely a fuel leak or mechanical fault.
Traffic was backed up in Moorhouse Ave because of the incident.
Delays were to be expected in the area and motorists had been urged to use alternative routes.
It was not being treated as suspicious, but police are investigating the incident.
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