Police are investigating links between fires at Christchurch cell towers

Police and firefighters are investigating whether fires believed to have started suspiciously in Christchurch's two cell towers are connected.  (image file).

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Police and firefighters are investigating whether fires believed to have started suspiciously in Christchurch’s two cell towers are connected. (image file).

Police and fire are investigating whether two separate fires at Christchurch’s cell towers, believed to be suspiciously lit, are related.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand (Fience) spokeswoman Lynn Croson said ANZAC station crews were called to set up the first fire at a cell tower off Mairehau Road, near Burwood Hospital, around 8:30pm on Tuesday.

She said both ends of the tower caught fire when the crew arrived. They managed to put out the flames shortly after their arrival.

About an hour later, crews from central Christchurch and Woolston were called to another fire at a cell tower near the 10 Mega Mitre on Ferry Road in Ferry Maid.

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She added that a fire also broke out from the tower when crews arrived.

Both fires were deemed suspicious, and police and fire investigators will return to the scene on Wednesday to determine the exact causes and whether both fires are related.

Crosson said that Finns notified Spark and Chorus with the cell tower fires.

Last year, authorities investigated whether a series of suspicious fires at Christchurch cell towers were linked.

The first was on a tower at Curies Road in Hillsborough on December 24, 2019, the second occurred on the main North Road in Belfast on July 26 and then a third tower, owned by Spark and which provided 3G and 4G services to central city users, was set on fire at Lava Lane in central Christchurch .

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