Firefighters have rescued two women from a house fire in the Christchurch suburb of Linwood.
The blaze is still being fought by three fire crews and has led to the closure of a section of Aldwins Road, one of the city's busiest streets.
One of the women is critically injured and the other has suffered minor injuries.
Both are being treated at Christchurch Hospital.
Fire investigators are on their way to the scene.
People were urged to avoid Aldwins Road between Linwood Avenue and Harrow Street.