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Firefighters battle scrap metal blaze in Auckland - update 2

Firefighters battle scrap metal blaze in Auckland - update 2

Source: Fire and Emergency New Zealand


Firefighters say a massive blaze at a scrap metal yard in Auckland could burn for another 24 hours.

Fire crews were called to the blaze on James Fletcher Drive, between the suburbs of Favona and Ōtāhuhu, in the early hours of this morning.

At its height, about 80 fire personnel and 20 fire trucks were at the scene trying to bring it under control.

About 60 firefighters remain at the fire and two excavators are being used to help break up the pile of scrap metal.

They are working to turn through about 20 tonnes of scrap an hour, but with the fire engulfing about 1600-tonnes of scrap metal, it's likely to take time.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand area commander Geoff Purcell says the fire is expected to burn for at least 12 to 24 hours.

"We are making progress, but it is slow, arduous work and something we unfortunately can't speed through."

He says James Fletcher Drive will remain closed until at least midday tomorrow, when the situation will be reviewed.

People living in the area are being encouraged to keep out of smoke, stay inside and shut all doors and windows and close down ventilation systems if they can.

Any smoke residue should be wet wiped from hard surfaces, especially areas where food is prepared, floors and window sills.

If people have health concerns they can call Healthline on 0800 611 116.


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