About 80 calves were evacuated from an old milk factory on Arawhata rd, near Opunake, after it caught fire this afternoon.
Firefighters were initially called to the property when a tractor caught fire about 12.10pm, farmer Rex Langton said.
Firefighters put the fire out, but were called back to the property after the building caught fire about 1.30pm.
The building is used to rear calves and about 80 were inside at the time, Mr Langton said.
"About seven suffered smoke inhalation, but they are alright now," he said.
"There might be one or two in there."
Crews from Opunake, Kaponga, Rahotu, Manaia, Okato, Hawera and the New Plymouth command were called to the property after the second alarm.
Assistant area manager John Nicholls said it appeared the fire had gotten into the roof of the building.
A witness at the scene said smoke could be seen kilometres away and Arawhata Rd was closed while firefighters extinguished the blaze.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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