Close call for Albany restaurant

MARYKE PENMAN
Last updated 09:57 27/02/2013

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Gas leaking from a restaurant in Albany could have spelled disaster this morning had it not been for the quick action of fire fighters.

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

Station officer Grant Mitcheson says 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 says.

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

A gasfitter is now making the necessary repairs, he says.

"The message here is if you smell gas like that call 111 straight away."

Just an hour earlier Albany fire fighters were containing 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," Mr Mitcheson says.

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

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 night near Matakana.

Three helicopters, two diggers and one bulldozer have been helping fire fighters to contain the fire which at its peak covered 70 hectares of bush in the Dome Valley area near Wright Rd.

No residential properties have been threatened and all active burning is now within the containment lines.

An investigation into the cause will be carried out, but it is believed skeet shooters may have sparked it.

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- © Fairfax NZ News

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