12 crews battled smoke-filled building

21:56, Aug 05 2014

Fire crews from around Wellington and Hutt Valley have been stood down after a fire in a central Wellington building.

At the peak of the emergency service response, 12 fires crews from Hutt Valley and Wellington plus police were at the smoke-filled building in Knigges Ave, off Vivian St in central Wellington.

The fire started shortly after 7am today, with residents in nearby buildings reporting a smell of burning plastic.

Fire Service communications centre shift manager Megan Ruru said crews were stood down at 9.30am.

The cause was found to be a transformer in an elevator.

It caused a lot of smoke but few flames and little damage. Earlier this morning, Fire 

Service communications centre acting shift manager Craig Dally said all four floors of the Knigges Ave building were filled with smoke and crews in breathing apparatus were ''trying to find the seat of the fire''.

Knigges Ave was cordoned off, a command vehicle was set up on Marion St, and residents of nearby apartment buildings reported smelling smoke.


The Dominion Post