Two people suffered serious burns in a shed fire in Christchurch last night.

Emergency services were called to a property on Hamilton Ave, in the suburb of Ilam, shortly before 10pm.

A southern fire communications spokeswoman said two people had been taken to hospital in a serious condition.

Southern fire communications shift manager, Daryl Ball, said the 4m by 5m shed was well alight when fire crews arrived.

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Fire investigators are looking into the cause of the blaze.