Police suspect an arsonist has been targeting empty houses on
a plot of land in Levin, following a second suspicious blaze
Emergency services were called to the fire at a portable
house on State Highway 1, about 3km south of Levin, about
The empty house, which rested on stilts and could be
transported from site to site by truck, was on a plot of
wasteland behind the Loaded Hog brewery and bar.
Detective Stephen Yates of Levin police said it appeared
somebody had forced their way into the house before setting
The house was not connected to power, leading police to
believe the fire was deliberately lit.
The incident followed a suspicious fire at another portable
house on the same site on April 29.
"It certainly would appear that one was linked with the
other," Mr Yates said.
Police investigating the blaze did not believe there was
anyone in the Loaded Hog who may have witnessed the fire.
Anyone with information about the fire, or who may have seen
suspicious activity in the area, is urged to contact police.