A fire that torched two police vehicles in a secure car yard in Christchurch overnight was the result of an electrical fault.
The car was found ablaze at New Brighton police station at about 4am on Sunday morning. Another police car parked next to it was also damaged by the fire.
Canterbury metro commander Supt Lane Todd says the fire, which damaged both cars "beyond repair", was the result of an electrical fault in one of the vehicles.
Todd says the station was evacuated and cordons were put in place while fire crews extinguished the flames. The station wasn't damaged by the fire and nobody was injured.
The fire was initially treated as suspicious but upon further investigation police found a fault with an older vehicle in the fleet.