SBS bank staff evacuated

SBS bank in The Mall,  Cromwell, on fire yesterday. PHOTO: TERRY EMMITT
SBS bank in The Mall, Cromwell, on fire yesterday. PHOTO: TERRY EMMITT
Staff were evacuated from the SBS Bank building yesterday morning after a fire broke out in the bank's kitchen about 9.30am.

SBS chief executive Wayne Evans said the damage could cost about $50,000.

‘‘I'm hoping our customers will be patient, but with digital technology I don't think this would have affected business.''

All but a skeleton staff were sent home for the day. The bank was expecting to open as normal on Monday, he said.

A New Zealand Fire Communications spokesman said two fire crews attended and entered the building wearing breathing apparatus.

The fire was out by 10:05am, at which time another crew used large pumps and fans to ventilate the smoke.

No injuries were reported, he said.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

 -by Jono Edwards 

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