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Staff were evacuated from a Canterbury milk powder plant this morning when a fire broke out in the building.
Police and fire crews from Rakaia, and Dunsandel responded to the fire at Synlait Ltd near State Highway 1 in Rakaia
Pumps from Burnham Military Camp and Leeston were also called in to assist, said Fire Service spokesman Rewai Grace.
The fire, which has been put out, originated in a dryer and caused widespread damage to the inside of the building.
Staff working inside were all evacuated safely, said Mr Grace.