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Fire Service media statement re Kilbirne fire

Fire Service media statement re Kilbirne fire


Wellington firefighters have brought a large fire at a storage facility near the airport under control but say it will take some time to put it out completely.

Assistant Area Commander Paul Smith said the fire is not endangering any other buildings but it has been difficult to put out because the building is made up of numerous locked compartments.

Heavy machinery is being brought in to peel back a wall or part of the roof to provide better access for water to be directed inside from above.

Around half of the 20 appliance brought in from the surrounding stations and volunteer brigades to help fight the fire over night have now been sent home and fresh firefighters brought in.

One firefighter suffered mild heat stress and is now resting at home.

Thick smoke from the fire will continue for some time and residents and workers in the area are advised to close their windows.


ENDS

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