Partial rebuild not ruled out for burned historic building

Photo / File photo
Photo / File photo

The owners of a historic building destroyed in a central Christchurch fire are not ruling out a partial rebuild or a replica being erected.

The early 20th century Billens Building on High Street collapsed during a suspicious blaze on Friday night.

The building is now owned by the Christchurch Heritage Trust which planned to spend $4 million repairing the now collapsed facade.

Trust chairman Derek Anderson said it leaves a large hole in an important historical area, and big decisions will have to be made at a board meeting tomorrow.

"We may well rebuild and we may even put a replica frontage on it of the character of the area, to try and preserve (it) - that decision's yet to be made," Mr Anderson said.

Police and fire investigations are continuing into how the fire began.

- Newstalk ZB

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