Trio sought after Auckland fire

Last updated 17:27 16/12/2013
Te Atatu fire
CIARA PRATT/Fairfax NZ

UNDER INVESTIGATION: Hazardous materials were found in a factory in Te Atatu when it caught fire on Sunday.

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Police are searching for three young people after a major factory fire in Auckland which they believe was deliberately lit.

The fire broke out about 2.30pm on Sunday at the factory in Te Atatu.

Fire service investigators told police the fire started among a stack of pallets next to the building. Police have conducted a scene examination and were reviewing CCTV footage from the neighbouring area.

"The footage shows three young people in the area just before the fire broke out. The two boys were both riding children's scooter and a girl was also with them," Detective Sergeant Eugene Pickett said.

"They may have witnessed something or might be able to give us information that would assist."

Police described one of the young men as a Maori or Pacific Islander, who was wearing a blue and yellow t-shirt and baseball cap.

The other young man, also Maori or Pacific Islander, was wearing a white t-shirt, blue shorts and possibly a white baseball cap.

The girl, also Maori or Pacific Islander, was wearing a turquoise blue t-shirt, shorts and had long hair which she'd tied back.

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