One in hospital after fire near Bluff

Fire crews at the scene near Bluff this afternoon. Photo: Luisa Girao
Fire crews at the scene near Bluff this afternoon. Photo: Luisa Girao
A person has been taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation after a fire at a workshop near Bluff this afternoon.

The blaze, at a panelbeater’s workshop, briefly threatened to spread to a nearby shed containing aviation fuel.

A Fire and Emergency New Zealand spokesman said emergency services were called about 3.30pm, to a car on fire next to a shed in Ocean Beach Rd, about 4km north of Bluff.

Appliances from Bluff, Invercargill and Wallacetown attended.

‘‘The shed turns out to be used by a panelbeater and fire has spread to a second shed which we believe contains aviation fuel for a heli-port,’’ the spokesman said.

Police and ambulance were also called. The fire was contained by 4.30pm and out at 5.30pm. 

One person was taken to Southland Hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire and the extent of any damage to property were not known.

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