A Catholic church on Bethlehem Rd in Tauranga was destroyed
last night in a suspicious blaze.
Senior Sergeant Carl Purcell said the fire was being treated
as suspicious and police were guarding the scene.
Tauranga senior station officer Nigel Liddicoat said fire
fighters were called to the church about 10.45pm last night
to find it fully ablaze.
Three crews fought the fire until about 1am and the last crew
left about 4am.
The church was destroyed.