Hot bitumen spill at Auckland factory

The spill from a five-tonne bitumen tank that split inside a South Auckland factory this morning has been contained.

The hot bitumen, thought to be around 140 degrees Celsius, spread out of the Thermakraft Industries factory in Otara. The company specialises in roof underlays and building material.

Firefighters were alerted to the incident at 9.49am and the hazardous chemical unit was also called.

An Auckland council spokesman said the bitumen reached a nearby stream.

"The bitumen didn't spread far - it solidifies reasonably quickly - and council immediately put up temporary containment barriers to prevent further pollution."

It is unknown if any people were in the factory at the time of the spill.

Auckland Now