8 Aug 2015

Chch house fire forces evacuations

3:22 pm on 8 August 2015

A house fire on a steep Christchurch hill has forced the evacuation of homes below it.

The Fire Service was called to the Richmond Hill Road home just after 6am.

A spokesman, Andrew Norris, said when crews arrived the house was engulfed in flames.

He said a geotechnical expert brought in to assess its stability found it to be unstable so two homes below it were evacuated for a few days.

Two crews are still working on putting the fire out.