Crews battle North Island blazes

A fire has torn through an historical library building in Northland this morning.

The blaze has damaged the Williams House library in Paihia, after the rear of the building caught fire around 4.40am, Fire Service northern communications shift manager Jarron Phillips said.

Fire crews and a specialist fire investigations unit were at the scene on Williams Rd to determine what had caused the fire.

No injuries were reported.

The historical building - which was the home of early missionary Rev Henry Williams - is now used as a library.

Earlier, an oil spill caused a fire in a Coromandel factory.

The blaze took hold at a Carter Holt Harvey particle board factory on the Paeroa-Kopu Rd, near Thames, around 3.30am.

The large fire started in a drier room and was caused by a broken oil pipe, Mr Phillips said.

At least nine fire crews had been tackling the blaze since the early hours.

Firefighters had bunded and contained the oil spill, and the fire had been extinguished, he said.


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