Press building rubble on fire

02:10, Aug 08 2011
RUBBLE: The remains of The Press building where a fire has broken out. This phograph was taken on August 5.

A fire has broken out in the rubble of The Press building in Cathedral Square this afternoon.

A New Zealand Fire Service spokesman said a transformer "buried deep in the rubble" of the old photolitho building was on fire and smoke could be seen coming from the rubble.

Lines company Orion was on site to check whether the transformer was live or not.

Three fire trucks and a command unit were at the site, the spokesman said.

Michael Doig, business and development director at Ganellen, which owns the building, said it was just a "small fire" that seemed to be under control.

Orion had turned power off to the building before demolition work started on July 21, but the transformer had been missed.

Built in 1909, the category one listed heritage building was the newspaper's home until February's devastating earthquake. One staff member died and several were injured, some seriously.

It was expected to take two months to demolish The Press' buildings between Worcester and Gloucester streets, the newspaper sales building across Press Ln and the Metro Cinema complex in Worcester St.


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