Large CBD building evacuated

02:00, Mar 18 2014
Lambton Quay chemical spill evacuation
Firefighters outside the AMI building on Lambton Quay, Wellington.

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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