Evacuation after duct catches fire

ACC staff were evacuated from their building in Invercargill after an air-conditioning duct caught fire yesterday.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand assistant area commander Dean Chalmers confirmed firefighters were called to the Spey St address about 4pm.

“A fire had started in the air-conditioning duct.

"The building became smoke-logged and [ACC] staff called emergency services."

Fire and Emergency New Zealand was sent to the ACC building  in Spey St, Invercargill, yesterday....
Fire and Emergency New Zealand was sent to the ACC building in Spey St, Invercargill, yesterday. PHOTO: ABBEY PALMER

Four appliances from Invercargill station attended the scene and successfully extinguished the fire.

"ACC staff did exactly what was expected and used the correct protocol. The crews used fans to extract the smoke and the important thing was nobody was harmed.’’

Police attended and put cordons in place to block access to the street.

People in the building were evacuated and there were no injuries.

"At this stage’’ firefighters were unable to determine the cause of the fire but a fire investigator was scheduled to visit the site to carry out a more in-depth investigation.

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