Christchurch roads cordoned off after fire in historic building


Residents were evacuated and roads cordoned off after a major fire in a historic Christchurch building.

The fire broke out overnight in the dilapidated Category 2 heritage Antonio Hall on Riccarton Road.

Eleven fire crews attended the blaze, which is being treated as suspicious.

The building was badly damaged in a previous fire in 2019.

People living nearby were evacuated, but have since been allowed to return to their homes, and part of Riccarton Ris closed off.

Cordons are place at the intersections of Riccarton and Wharenui roads, Wharenui Rand Peverel Street, and Riccarton and Ilam roads.

The sections of Riccarton Rd and Wharenui Rd between these intersections are closed.

Police said the roads would be closed for some time and say motorists should use alternative routes.

Eastbound traffic into the city can travel from Riccarton Rd into Middleton Rd and on to Blenheim Road, while West flowing traffic on Riccarton Rd could take Matipo Rd to Blenheim Rd to continue west as an alternative.

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