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A Fire and Emergency New Zealand spokesman said the call about the fire at the building in Wigan St was received at 8.55am, and crews found it well alight.
Two trucks, a water tanker and a support vehicle were sent.
The spokesman said at 10.15am that crews remained at the scene, but had extinguished the blaze.
- By Sandy Eggleston