Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Firefighters battle scrap metal blaze in Auckland - update

Firefighters battle scrap metal blaze in Auckland - update

Firefighters are continuing to battle a blaze in Auckland, with excavators being used to help break up the pile of scrap metal involved.

Fire crews were called to the blaze at Sims Pacific Metals, between the suburbs of Favona and Ōtāhuhu, shortly before 2o'clock this morning.

About 80 fire personnel have been working to bring it under control and 20 fire trucks remain at the scene.

The fire is in a 1600-tonne pile of scrap metal, which includes old cars and tyres.

Firefighters have been using water to try to dampen the flames, and now excavators are being used to help break up the pile of scrap metal.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand area commander Geoff Purcell says making sure there's sufficient water, given the scale of the fire, has been a challenge.

Crews who have worked tirelessly through the night have now been given a break, and have been swapped out with new crews for the day.

"Our firefighters have been giving everything they've got, but because of how big this fire is and the fact it's so deep-seated, it hasn't been easy," he says.

It's expected the fire will burn most of the day.

Mr Purcell says people in the area are still being encouraged to keep their windows and doors shut and avoid the area and the smoke if they can.

But he says there's no cause for alarm from the smoke, as there are no hazardous goods or chemicals involved in the fire.

If people have health concerns they can call Healthline on 0800 611 116, and people are being reminded to only call 111 in an emergency.

Acting Chief Medical Officer at Counties Manukau Health, Vanessa Thornton, says the smoke is unlikely to pose a significant health risk.

"However, if people are worried, particularly those with asthma or respiratory issues, they should seek medical advice either by calling Healthline or visiting their GP."

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


State Highways: $1.4 Billion For Road Safety Improvements

The Safe Network Programme will make 870 kilometres of high volume, high-risk State Highways safer by 2021 with improvements like median and side barriers, rumble strips, and shoulder widening. More>>


Dealing Crackdown, Addiction Support: Government Action On Synthetics

The NZ Drug Foundation has welcomed the Government’s response to synthetic drug deaths. The response strikes a balance between giving law enforcement the tools they need to target criminal networks and changing drug law to make it easier for people to access help when they need it. More>>


Strategy Committee Unanimous: Wellington To Forge Ahead With Convention Centre

The three-storey Cable Street building, with around 18,000-square metres of floor space, will comfortably be able to host 1500 people for conventions. It includes a 1651sq m exhibition area that will attract international exhibitions too big for nearby Te Papa and provide an always-changing visitor attraction. More>>


Surveying The Surveillance: First IGIS Review Of Warrants Under New Act

The report sets out the Inspector-General’s interpretation of the new warrant provisions under the ISA and her expectations of the GCSB and NZSIS when they prepare warrant applications. More>>

SSC: 2018 Public Service Workforce Data Published

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has published the 2018 Our People, Public Service Workforce Data , which shows the Public Service is making significant progress in important areas. More>>


Sinking Cap: Auctions, Permanent Forests, Added To ETS

The move to auctions, signalled in an August consultation paper, will help put a cap on the number of emission units available over time. Annual announcements, looking forward five years, will help provide certainty for scheme participants, she said. More>>


Joint Select Committee Report: Achieving Smokefree 2025

In a historic first for select committees, the Māori Affairs Committee and the Health Committee presented their joint report on achieving the Smokefree 2025 goal to the House on Tuesday, 11 December 2018. More>>

"Shared Interests And Democratic Values": Peters To Visit USA

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington D.C. for talks with US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and other senior members of the US Administration. More>>




InfoPages News Channels