Clyde Carr Cres fire 'suspicious'
Timaru police have confirmed that the house fire on Clyde Carr Cres is suspicious.
Neighbours heard an argument the afternoon shortly before the fire broke out at at 6.48pm on Wednesday.
"I heard the guy (who lives at the address) arguing. There's always people coming and going from that place and it wouldn't surprise me if someone's torched it," one neighbour said.
The small council flat is in the centre of a block of ten other flats.
Smoke surrounded the small council flat when emergency services were called to the address by a neighbour. The tenant was not home, and no-one was injured.
Christchurch-based Fire Risk Management officer Sheryl Reveley was at the scene of the fire yesterday.
"It's still under investigation. There's nothing obvious at this stage to suggest that it was started by someone, but we can't rule that out," she said.
"The bedroom sustained the most damage, with heat and smoke spreading to the lounge. The kitchen was relatively protected and the units are separated by concrete block walls."
Detective Nick Osborne of the Timaru CIB said the cause of the fire was unexplained, but they were searching for ignition sources.
"We have to be open-minded at this stage," Mr Osborne said. "We can only say it is an unexplained fire, but we are investigating."
Another neighbour said the first thing he saw was "a hell of a lot of black smoke blowing out".
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