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07:15  22 october  2019
07:15  22 october  2019 Source:   radionz.co.nz

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  Major fire breaks out in central Auckland A major fire has broken out in Auckland's CBD.Flames can be seen in the vicinity of the under-construction SkyCity Convention Centre.

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A massive fire has broken out at the SkyCity convention centre in Auckland 's central business district. Smoke can currently be seen billowing from the centre , blocking weather cameras and blowing across the wider city . Newshub understands the fire was started by an unattended blowtorch left by a

Major evacuations are underway after a huge fire broke out at the SkyCity convention centre.

St John says one person has been admitted to Auckland City Hospital in a serious condition.

SkyCity has decided to evacuate its entire Auckland precinct, because of smoke from the fire.

That means people will need to leave the Sky Tower, casino, all SkyCity hotels and restaurants and corporate offices.

The company said police were onsite to help with evacuations.

People who were intending to visit SkyCity venues this evening - including restaurants on Federal Street - should make alternative arrangements.

Fire and Emergency said the fire started on the seventh floor - the roof - of the under-construction SkyCity convention centre, before spreading to the sixth.

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Shoppers and residents were evacuated after a fire broke out in Auckland 's Newmarket. Fire crews were fighting the blaze, which was in a four-storey plaza in Kent St, on Saturday afternoon. Twelve fire trucks and 40 firefighters were on the scene.

Firefighters have managed to control a fire that broke out at a building under construction in central Auckland . Fire and Emergency NZ shift manager Craig Dally Plumes of smoke could be seen in the central Auckland area after the fire broke out on Wednesday morning. He said the fire had been

Bitumen and insulation is on fire and there are also concerns about gas cylinders in the area.

One person is unaccounted for, but Fire and Emergency said they were not concerned about it.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

The Fire Service has sounded the sixth alarm, which means all available resources from Auckland have been called in, with further resources from Hamilton on the way.

Fire and Emergency spokesperson Dave Woon said it was "a very, very difficult fire to extinguish".

Police say there is heavy traffic congestion in central Auckland because of the fire.

There are a number of cordons still in place around Hobson Street.

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Drivers are being asked to delay travel into the CBD and the public are being urged to stay away from the area because of the smoke.

The Transport Agency said a number of motorway on-ramps and off-ramps in central Auckland have been closed because of the fire.

It said the Cook Street off-ramp was closed, as well as the Fanshawe Street off-ramp.

The Hobson Street on-ramps to State HIghways 1 and 16 have been shut, as have the Nelson Street off-ramps from State Highway 1 and 16.

Police and ambulance staff are on the scene to assist fire crews and hundreds of people, including construction workers, have been evacuated.

One man said he was on his lunch break when he thought he heard a fire drill sound out.

"I'm just eating my lunch...you hear that fire alarm, often before the alarm gets triggered you hear about it before hand and we just left and come here. I just want to finish my lunch."

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In a statement, Fletcher Building - the company constructing the convention centre - said its people and contractors were its number one priority at the moment.

It said it's confirming the facts and will provide an update in due course.

Auckland Transport said emergency services have closed roads around the convention centre, including Wellesley and Nelson Streets and part of Victoria Street.

It's advising people to expect delays and diversions for bus services using any of these routes.

Police are assisting with cordons and evacuations of workers in the immediate area. They are urging motorists to avoid the Auckland CBD area and asking members of the public to stay away from the cordons.

Fire and emergency say 23 appliances from across greater Auckland are responding, including one aerial unit from Hamilton.

They are also advising people to stay out of the CBD area.

Fire and emergency spokesperson Jessica Chaplin said they received multiple calls about flames at the site just after 1pm.

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Fire spread to the building next door, forcing people out . “I woke up and looked outside and there was a ton of smoke in our hallway,” said Sean Stewart, who was evacuated. Firefighters rescued a man who was trapped on the third floor.

She said fire trucks are still on their way from all over Auckland.

A witness says the flames appear to be spreading.

People have taken to social media to report on the fire.

SkyCity's $700 million International Convention Centre and hotel project which has been plagued by problems, including cost over-runs and construction delays.

The complex is being built by Fletcher Construction and SkyCity.

This afternoon, Fletcher Building's share price has dropped nearly 1 percent, while SkyCity's share price is down 2-and-a-quarter percent.

The casino operator has been hoping the convention centre and hotel complex would be completed by the end of next year in time for the America's Cup in 2021.

The project is set to cost several hundred million more than budget and is running two years late.

It was originally budgeted to cost between $400 million and $500 million, but is now expected to cost more than $800m.

Earlier this year, the company pushed the completion date out to the second half of 2020 - a delay of six months, forcing a review of bookings.

The complex is being built by Fletcher Construction and SkyCity has already triggered penalty clauses in its contract which require Fletchers to pay damages.

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The fire at the Southdown Freezing Works in Penrose broke out shortly after 8pm tonight, Fire Service northern communications shift manager Jaron Phillips said. It was an "extensive fire '' involving a range of buildings. Mr Phillips said the fire was visible across east, west and central Auckland .

A fire that saw Auckland 's central police station evacuated on Friday night is no longer being treated as suspicious. Blazes in an administration block next to It's believed the two-storey concrete building doesn't have sprinklers installed, but did have smoke alarms. The "couple of seats" of fire broke out

It was expected the convention centre would be ready well in time for 2021, when Auckland hosts APEC and the America's Cup.


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