A large fire broke out about 1.15pm New Zealand time, grinding traffic to a halt, blanketed the Auckland CBD with smoke and injured one person. The SkyCity conference centre inferno reached the maximum “sixth alarm” – with more than 20 fire appliances at the scene of the blaze, believed to have been ignited by a worker’s blowtorch.
The fire started in the seventh floor and spread to the sixth floor it was wedged between two concrete layers in the roof. It is too dangerous for crew on the roof, but very hard to reach from our aerial appliances, said Assistant area commander Stephen Sosich.
A public health alert over “toxic” smoke has been issued for people in the CBD and those who live and work in the area have been advised to stay away from the smoke and close their windows
The Sky City’s International Convention Centre is currently under construction. The NZ Herald reported SkyCity Entertainment Group shares dropped to a seven-week low in a knee-jerk reaction to news of the fire at the already-delayed building site for the international convention centre.