An 18 year old man has been charged with arson after two houses near Motueka were destroyed by fire yesterday afternoon.
About 2.15pm yesterday a police patrol spotted a fire at a 5 School Road Riwaka.
The fire brigade was called but despite their efforts the neighboring property situated at 7 School Road Riwaka ignited and was totally destroyed by the fire.
The house at 5 School Road was also destroyed.
As a result of information received from the public an 18 year old Motueka man was located and arrested.
The man had previously lived at one of the houses. He has been remanded in custody to appear in the Nelson District Court today.
The scene was under guard overnight and a full scene examination will be conducted by Detectives with the assistance of Fire Investigators today.
Sergeant Rob CRAWFORD Motueka Police