Large CBD building evacuated

Last updated 13:25 18/03/2014
Lambton Quay chemical spill evacuation
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Firefighters outside the AMI building on Lambton Quay, Wellington.

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Occupants of the AMI building on Lambton Quay in Wellington have been allowed back in after an evacuation caused by a small fire in a switchboard.

Wellington senior station officer Mike Dombroski said there had been a strong smell of burning coming from between the ninth to the 14th floors of AMI Tower around lunchtime today.

An occupant had described the smell as chemical, so a hazardous materials team was called.

However, a Fire Service spokesman said it turned out the source of the smell was a ''minor fire'' in a switchboard on the fifth floor.

A section of the Lambton Quay bus lane, heading towards the railway station, was closed but reopened shortly before 12.30pm. 

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