Fire alarm sparks building evacuation

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Emergency services arrive at 450 Queen Street. Image / Ezra Woods
Emergency services arrive at 450 Queen Street. Image / Ezra Woods

Story by Ezra Woods and Samantha Worthington

A building on Queen Street was evacuated today after a fire alarm was raised.

Five fire engines and two police cars were called to the Whitireia building at 450 Queen Street, Auckland.

Fire trucks arrive at 450 Queen Street.
Fire trucks arrive at 450 Queen Street. Image / Ezra Woods

Reports say occupants within the building initially believed the alarm was a drill. Administrator Bex Norton, who works at the address, confirmed this.

It’s also reported that the evacuation did not run smoothly, and emergency evacuation procedures are being reviewed as a result.

 

Police question a person on Queen Street. Image / Ezra Woods
Police question a person on Queen Street. Image / Ezra Woods

Security guards were also called to control a person they believed was responsible for triggering the alarm.

The person was removed from the scene and questioned by police. No arrests were made.

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