NZ ministry evacuated amid fire, thick smoke in high-rise near Parliament
Something is going very wrong here. pic.twitter.com/Cwkv3nU9N9— Mojo Mathers (@mojomathers) November 4, 2015
The smoke is believed to have originated on the roof of the Prime Property Tower, located at 88 Lambton Quay. The Wellington TVNZ newsroom is located in the building.
Some type of box on the roof reportedly caught fire, TVNZ cited firefighters as saying, adding that it could have been an air conditioning vent.
Emergency services began receiving calls about the fire around 10:20 am local time on Thursday.
The central Wellington building on fire is not our office. However we have evacuated as a precaution. We'll update you if anything changes.— Primary Industries (@MPI_NZ) November 4, 2015
There are five fire trucks and a few ladder trucks on the scene, fire shift manager Chris Dalton told Stuff.co.nz.
“They’ve gone to the top of the building and they’ve found a unit of some sort on fire up on the roof. So they’re just getting to work to extinguish that now,” he said. “It sounds like the initial fire itself looked more spectacular than it probably is.”
About to go to a spin class on a day off and the TVNZ/Les Mills building gets evacuated due to fire next door. pic.twitter.com/UpsdIMt15U— Katie Bradford (@katieabradford) November 4, 2015
Both the Treasury and Pastoral House buildings were initially evacuated, but workers have already been let back in.