Crews tackle central Dunedin fire


Five buildings were evacuated and one person taken to hospital as fire crews battled a blaze in an historic building in central Dunedin this afternoon.

The fire, in an apartment above a second-hand bookshop, near Chipmunks south of the Exchange, was extinguished just before 3pm.

Crowds gathered as flames shot out of the second storey of the S F Aburn Ltd building at 389 Princes St.

Flames shoot out of the building at 2.30pm. Photo by Craig Baxter
Flames shoot out of the building at 2.30pm. Photo by Craig Baxter
Firefighters had to break into apartments in the retro-fitted building to get to the fire and three people were evacuated,  Brendan Nally, Fire Service East Otago Area Commander, said at the scene.

One person has been taken to hospital but injuries are not thought to be serious.

Flames spread to an apartment in an adjacent building before the blaze was put out, and people in at least five nearby buildings were evacuated.

The cause of the blaze was unknown.


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