Firefighter battling blaze expected to ‘totally destroy’ derelict homestead

Firefighter battling blaze expected to ‘totally destroy’ derelict homestead

Fire crews are battling a large blaze expected to “totally destroy” a derelict two-storey homestead, in the Christchurch suburb of Riccarton.

Fire and Emergency shift manager Lyn Crosson said they received multiple calls about the blaze around 9pm.

A University of Canterbury spokesperson said the fire was at an empty property near campus, but not at the university itself.

Crosson said the building was a “two-storey derelict house” onn Kirkwood Avenue, just off Clyde Rd.

“It’s still burning… going to be totally destroyed.”

The building was in danger of collapse, she said, but nobody was thought to be in danger.

The fire was at an empty property near campus, but not at the university itself.

Anne-Marie Robinson

The fire was at an empty property near campus, but not at the university itself.

The building was well alight when crews arrived, Crosson said they had six crews, an aerial unit and command unit on the scene.

A police spokesperson said it was reported as a house fire.

“There are no reports of injury, and all occupants are believed to have evacuated.”

Traffic management is in place at Clyde Road and Riccarton Road, turning on to Kirkwood Avenue, while emergency services tend to the fire.

The blaze can be seen across the city.

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The blaze can be seen across the city.

Anne-Marie Robinson, who lives nearby, said it looked like the fire was at “a really big old homestead just off Clyde Rd”.

Fire crews were evacuating some nearby houses, she said, but a lot of university students had come up to the cordon to check it out.

“It’s a really really big old house… It’s a massive fire, the whole house is in flames.”

All that was left standing was a few brick chimneys.

“It’s the biggest thing that’s happened on Clyde Rd in a while.”

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