A blaze which engulfed a yacht at an Auckland boat builder's yard has finally been brought under control by fire-fighters.
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The fire, which took place at McMullen and Wing yacht and boatbuilding in Mt Wellington, broke out at about 1am this morning.
McMullen and Wing has a long history of building luxury and high performance yachts and was the brawn behind New Zealand's America's Cup winning yacht Black magic.
It is understood the vessel at the centre of the blaze was a 55 meter super yacht which had about one year to go until completion.
About 90 fire-fighters were deployed over night to tackle the blaze with some making their way onto the vessel while it was still burning.
Employees of McMullen and Wing gathered this morning in a cordoned-off area outside their workplace before being briefed on the situation by management in private.
One employee who worked on the yacht said he did not want to speculate on the fate of the ship but that the situation didn't look good.
Another person in attendance, who claimed to have close links with McMullen and Wing, described the blaze as the "worst nightmare" for a company with such a fine track record in its field.
In 1995 Black Magic, led by Sir Peter Blake and Russell Coutts beat the American defender Young America in a 5-0 victory off San Diego, California.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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