Two West Coast houses go up in flames

One house has been destroyed and a second badly damaged in early morning fires on the West Coast.

The first fire occurred in the small town of Ross about 2.20am. Fire crews from Ross and Hokitika arrived to find the house ablaze.

A Fire and Emergency New Zealand spokeswoman said the Alymer St house was extensively damaged.

A fire investigator is due at the site this morning, but the blaze has not been tagged as suspicious. No one was home at the time, the spokeswoman said.

The second fire occurred at a derelict house on Queen St in Westport at 4.50am. Crews from Westport, Granity and Waimangaroa attended.

The house was destroyed by the blaze, the spokeswoman said.

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