Fire in central Auckland high-rise building
Fire crews in Auckland have extinguished a fire in a 21-storey building in the city centre.
Fire crews were called to the blaze on the roof of the building, on the corner of Queen St and Mayoral Dr, about 3pm on Thursday as thick, black smoke spilled across the city. The fire was out by about 4pm.
Brett Russell from Dominion Constructors, who are converting the building into a hotel, said he thought around 100 construction workers would have been on site at the time.
Russell said a contractor was attempting to cut away old equipment in the "plant room" at the top of the building, which houses equipment used for lifts, when the fire started.
"It was a demolition contractor on the roof using a gas axe."
He said all workers had been evacuated.
A fire service spokeswoman said "fifty to sixty firefighters" were at the blaze at its peak.
Anna Boyer, an office worker nearby, said the smoke "was a deep black colour coming from the top of the roof and billowing across the city".
"I saw the fire from my office, we had quite a good view."
Auckland fire service assistant area commander Mike Shaw said because the building was under construction the internal "fire hydrant system" was not working.
He had to run hoses from the ground floor to the roof, he said.
There were no injuries that he was aware of and everyone had been accounted for.
Police and ambulance are on the scene and traffic was being redirected.
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