High Rise Building On Fire

Auckland High Rise on Fire at Queen Street. Photo: Google

A high rise building in Auckland’s city centre caught fire today.

Reports say the building was under construction when this incident happened. The roof fire is believed to have started after an explosion during demolition works.

Scores of firefighters put out the fire on the rooftop, and passers-by were seen gathering and gazing up at the smoke billowing from the top of the building while police controlled the scene.

The building is located on Mayoral Drive, and the former office building is owned by Russell Property Group, which is planning to convert it into a 250-room hotel.

Russell Property Group owner Brett Russell said: “We’re not sure what caused it, they’re investigating it now. The fire brigade’s there and everybody’s safe.”

No injuries have been reported.

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Nashi Dasgupta