A Canterbury house had its roof destroyed by a fire today.
The Fire Service said it was called to the rural house at
Brathwaite Drive, in Rolleston, at about 2.30pm.
Chief fire officer Nigel Lilley told NZPA the house's roof
space was well alight when firefighters arrived.
He said firefighters had to remove the roof to get into the
space -- "it was quite a big job".
Four appliances and two tankers responded, and it took 25
firefighters an hour to control the blaze.
Mr Lilley said no one was inside the house.
The fire is not being treated as suspicious. Fire safety
officers will investigate the cause tomorrow.