Firefighters are battling a significant fireplace that’s anticipated to “completely destroy” an deserted two-storey house within the Christchurch suburb of Riccarton.
Fireplace and Emergency Providers shift supervisor Lyn Crosson stated they obtained a number of calls concerning the fireplace at round 9pm.
Crosson stated the constructing was a “two-story derelict home” on Kirkwood Avenue, simply off Clyde Rd.
“It is nonetheless burning… it will be completely destroyed.
What was left of the construction was in peril of collapsing, she stated, however nobody was believed to be in peril.
The constructing was nicely lit when crews arrived, Crosson stated they’d six crews, an air unit and a command unit on website.
A spokesman for the College of Canterbury stated the hearth began on a vacant lot close to the campus, however not on the college itself.
They urged college students to keep away from the world across the college’s recreation middle.
“Gathering or driving previous excursions might impede firefighters, so please keep away from the world.”
Site visitors management is in place at Clyde Highway and Riccarton Highway, diverting to Kirkwood Avenue, whereas emergency providers are likely to the hearth.
Anne-Marie Robinson, who lives close by, stated it seemed like a “actually huge outdated homestead simply off Clyde Rd” was on fireplace.
In accordance with her, firefighters evacuated some close by homes, however many college college students got here to see the cordon.
“It is a actually huge outdated home… It is an enormous fireplace, the entire home is on fireplace.
Only some brick chimneys remained standing.
“It is the most important factor to occur on Clyde Rd shortly.