Man charged after blaze destroys Glenavy house

Firefighters tackle the blaze on Friday. Photo: Supplied
Firefighters tackle the blaze on Friday. Photo: Supplied
A 35-year-old man was arrested in relation to a large blaze that destroyed a residential property in the South Canterbury township of Glenavy on Friday.

The man appeared in Timaru District Court on Saturday charged with wilful damage and was remanded in custody to appear again on June 18, a police spokeswoman said.

Crews from the Glenavy Volunteer Fire Brigade, Waimate Volunteer Fire Brigade and the St Andrews Volunteer Fire Brigade attended the fire at Riverside Village off State Highway 1, about 23km north of Oamaru, about 4.20pm.

On the day, Glenavy brigade Deputy Chief Fire Officer Wayne Direen said the house was well ablaze when firefighters arrived, adding police had spoken to someone.

Sergeant Dallas Roberts, of Timaru, said the cause of the blaze was not immediately known, but would be investigated by the Timaru CIB.

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