7 Mar 2015

Suspicious fires lit in Timaru - police

11:19 am on 7 March 2015

Timaru police are looking for an arsonist after three suspicious fires were lit in quick succession early this morning.

Fire Service shift commander Andrew Norris said fire fighters responded to a call to a building by a swimming pool on McDonald Street at 4.40am.

He said the building was badly damaged, and just as that was extinguished, fire fighters were alerted to another fire in a car on the same street.

"They dealt with that with no problems. However shortly afterwards they were alerted to a fire in a car directly over the road from that fire, and one of the crews dealt with that.

"And shortly after that, they became aware of some wheely bins on a neigbouring property that had also been ignited."

The police were investigating this morning's fires, and two small fires in a nearby street yesterday morning.