Fire in central city building

Last updated 13:54 06/02/2013
INVESTIGATING: Fire crews investigate a fire at Prime Property House.

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A downtown Wellington office building was damaged when a medium-sized fire broke out this afternoon.

Six appliances attended the call, which came through just before 1.45pm, after smoke was seen coming from the fourth floor of Prime Property House on Woodward St.

Fire Service incident controller John Mansford said the fire was in the fourth floor laundry of the building, which was evacuated when a thermal alarm was activated.

Firefighters closed Lambton Quay near the building, extinguished the fire and ventilated the premises.

There was extensive damage to the laundry, but the rest of the building was undamaged.

Mr Mansford said the investigation was still underway, but the cause was not thought to be suspicious and there was a ''good chance'' it started in a clothes dryer.

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- The Dominion Post

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