Busy day for Wellington fire crews

00:36, Jul 19 2013
CALLOUT: Around six fire crews as well as the mobile command centre and ambulances were on the scene, partially blocking Lambton Quay.

Wellington firefighters have been called to a second large-scale emergency this morning, this time at Victoria University in Kelburn.

Fire service shift manager Jan Wills said a gas cylinder caught fire in the university library in the Rankine Brown Building about 9.10am.

Eight fire trucks were at the scene cooling the bottle down.

There were no injuries but it was unclear whether the fire had spread.

The 10-15kg gas cylinder contained acetylene - a potentially explosive gas usually used in welding.

It was not clear what the acetylene was doing in the building.

Earlier this morning, fire crews contained a fire in a central city building for the second time this year.


Emergency crews were called to Prime Property House on Woodward St just after 8am and discovered a fire in a laundry room on the fourth floor of the building.

Senior station officer Brett Lockyer said there would be smoke damage, but the fire had been contained to one room.

Lockyer said it appeared the fire had started after overheating laundry combusted in the dryer, but fire safety officers would investigate to confirm the cause.

Woodward St was cordoned off for about an hour and a half but was open again by 10.15am.

The Dominion Post