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Fire fighters smoke out threat in centre of city

May 23rd, 2012 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

A POTENTIAL fire in the middle of the city caused disruption to many Wellingtonians this morning.

Six fire trucks arrived in Manners Street, between Victoria and Cuba Street about 10.30am today, to investigate smoke inside a building.

A policeman at the scene said there was smoke coming from a stairwell inside Visique CapitalEyes Optometrists in Manners Mall.

“We had to make sure people were clear of the building so the fire service could get in and check where smoke was coming from and what was causing it,’ he said.

“One fire truck only holds about five fire-fighters so more than one had truck had to be called in.”

Several fire fighters, equipped with oxygen tanks, face masks and axes, went inside the stair well, while others waited outside.

Voluntary fire wardens were outside the building taking a head count of office members.

They also helped police by asking pedestrians to move away from the area as people gathered to see what was happening.

Due to the two-lane road being blocked by the six fire trucks, buses were backed up towards Victoria St which caused delays.

Two police officers were called in to help with the congestion of road traffic.

“We have an officer on a bike directing traffic at Courtenay Place, but the buses have alternative routes so they should be ok,” the policeman said.

The public quickly carried on with their day as the fire service began to pack up.

“The life of emergency services, no two days are the same but it is all go when we’re called in,” said the police officer.


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