Busy 24 hours for Auckland firefighters

A South Auckland furnace and boiler factory that was gutted by fire last year has again caught fire this morning.

Firefighters were alerted at 4am to the blaze at the Crow Refractory in Papatoetoe and have since brought it under control.

It was contained in the middle of the 30 x 16m factory which makes linings for furnaces and boilers.

The products are made to withstand plenty of heat, so not much damage was reported, fire service communications shift manager Nicole Bernard said.

It's the second time there has been an uncontrolled fire at the building.

The factory was gutted in November last year with the bricks produced there being the only things left unscathed. The cause of that fire was not deemed suspicious.

Police and fire safety investigators will work to determine the cause of today's blaze.

The news comes as gas leaking from a restaurant in Albany this morning threatened disaster had it not been for the quick action of firefighters.

Albany Fire Station was called to the HSBC Centre in Corinthian Dr about 7am when office workers next door smelled gas.

Station officer Grant Mitcheson said everyone inside was evacuated while they worked to isolate the gas and vent the building.

"When gas goes bang you wouldn't want to be anywhere near it. It can cause huge damage," he said.

Ongoing maintenance work at a nearby restaurant may have triggered the leak, Mitcheson said.

A gasfitter was making the necessary repairs.

Just an hour earlier Albany fire fighters were called to a rubbish fire at a refuse station in Constellation Dr, Mairangi Bay.

"When the rubbish truck arrived to the dump there was something on fire inside it.

"They did the right thing by emptying it out onto an open concrete area and had the hose on it until we arrived," Mitcheson said.

The busy morning comes amidst what has been a non-stop week for North Shore firefighters.

Crews from Albany, East Coast Bays, Birkenhead, Devonport and Takapuna have been part of the 70 strong ground crew battling the large forest fire started on Saturday near Matakana.

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