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Auckland refuse station fire put out

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 31/05/2017

A major blaze at an Auckland refuse centre has been put out after an operation involving around 70 firefighters.

Some crews have remained at the Waitakere Refuse Transfer Station in Henderson on Wednesday night to damp down hot spots and ensure the area is safe, a Fire Service spokesman said.

Emergency services were alerted around 4pm and firefighters arrived at the scene to find that an external recycling shed covering about 1500 sq m was "well involved".

They faced the hazard of high-tension overhead power lines and an aerial appliance was used to attack the flames from above.

The fire was put out around 6.15pm, with no other buildings in danger.

The centre is run by Auckland Council, which said the site was evacuated and there were no reports of injuries.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

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