Fire crew remain on scene after fire engulfs building on Auckland's North Shore
One fire crew remains at the scene where a large building went up in flames on Auckland’s North Shore.
Firefighters were called to the building that housed Kinetic Engineering Design on Triton Dr, Rosedale on Tuesday evening.
The inside of the building was gutted and twisted sections of framing are all that remain of the windows.
A witness reported seeing flames erupt from the business shortly before 9pm.
On Wednesday morning, Fire and Emergency NZ shift manager Craig Dally said one crew remained on site to “keep an eye on things” and manage any hot spots.
The cause of the fire was still unknown and a fire investigator would return to the site during daylight, Dally said.
By 10pm on Tuesday, Waitematā assistant area commander Shaun Thornton said the fire was under control and contained.
Crews adopted a “defensive approach” initially as there was no one inside, using high pressure hoses from the outside before the arrival of large aerial appliances which could attack the blaze from above, Thornton said.
During the fire, senior firefighters were heard asking employees whether there was piped gas in the building. The employees told them there was an air compressor cylinder at the rear of the building.
Seventeen appliances were at the scene at the fire’s peak.
Matt Belcher was working in the office building next door when the blaze erupted.
He said he smelled burning and heard popping sounds but didn’t think anything of it.
Five minutes later, he saw huge flames erupt from the windows, lapping at the night sky.
“The flames were billowing out maybe 10m high.”