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Source: Auckland Council

Fire and Emergency New Zealand continue to work to get a fire under control on a construction site in Auckland’s central city.

Auckland Emergency Management is monitoring the fire and is on hand to assist emergency services as required.

Auckland Emergency Management Acting Director Sarah Sinclair said the department had offered its support to displaced construction site workers this afternoon but that help is no longer needed.

Transport in and out of Auckland city centre affected

Roads are closed around the city centre to keep people safe and help emergency services respond to the fire. Visit Auckland Transport’s Twitter feed for up to date information on road closures and public transport advice.

Ms Sinclair advises commuters to take extra care this evening, be patient and stay out of smoke plumes.

“There will be ongoing disruption this afternoon and evening, while roads remain closed and public transport is diverted.

“Please be patient if you need to wait for a bus or train, or in traffic.

“Bus stops may also be in areas affected by smoke, requiring people to move to another bus stop or wait elsewhere – we urge people to use their common sense; not put themselves in harm’s way by standing in smoke plumes or downwind of smoke,” she says.

Advice from Auckland Regional Public Health Service

People living or working near today’s large-scale fire in Auckland’s CBD should take precautionary measures to avoid breathing in the smoke. These include:

  • Stay indoors away from the fire site and out of the smoke
  • Keeping windows closed
  • Shutting down external ventilation if smoke is being drawn into your building
  • Seeing your doctor if smoke has caused shortness of breath or worsening of asthma symptoms.
  • Wiping down surfaces – especially food preparation and cooking surfaces – in areas affected by smoke.
  • People who smoke, the elderly, children, and those with heart disease, asthma or other lung conditions are at greatest risk of harm from smoke inhalation and should avoid exposure.

If you experience any acute effects from the fire such as difficulties breathing, wheeze, cough or chest pain, you should seek assistance from your GP or call Healthline on 0800 611 116 for free, 24-hour health advice.

In healthy people, most symptoms disappear soon after exposure to smoke ends, and cause no long-term health problems.