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Blaze at Hutt Valley quarry

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/03/2016 NZ Newswire
Firefighters are battling a blaze in portable buildings at a Hutt Valley quarry © Twitter/Watchmanz Firefighters are battling a blaze in portable buildings at a Hutt Valley quarry

Firefighters are battling a blaze in portable buildings at a Hutt Valley quarry which has closed the main road to the west coast.

A number of portable buildings have gone up in flames and a cellphone tower is threatened by a blaze at a quarry in the Hutt Valley.

Firefighters were called to the Dry Creek Quarry, at the bottom of the Haywards Hill about 8.25am on Thursday, when a number of people rang about the flames.

Strong winds were blowing the smoke horizontally.

Fourteen fire engines were sent to battle the fire in the burning buildings, which were also close to a Vodafone cellphone tower, Fire Service central communications shift manager Jan Wills says. 

The fire in the buildings was under control by 9.30am and firefighters were trying to protect the undamaged buildings, she said.

The New Zealand Transport Agency says State Highway 58, the Haywards Hill road, is closed because of the fire.

The Dry Creek Quarry was used as a film set in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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