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Fire at Hamilton tyre shop

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/10/2016

Police are investigating a huge fire at a tyre shop in Hamilton but say it's too early to say if it's suspicious.

The Fire Service was called to the blaze at AH Franks Tyres in Anglesea Street at about 9.40am on Monday and on arrival found the building well alight, a Fire Service spokesman says.

The fire is under control but 10 appliances remain at the scene where issues include possible asbestos in the roof.

The big black plume of smoke from the fire is toxic but is not creating health issues.

Police CIB are investigating as there was a small fire at the same tyre shop on Sunday, a police spokeswoman said.

It was too early to say the fire was suspicious, she said.

Crews from around the region fought the blaze.

Explosions could be heard and part of the building was collapsing, those at the scene said.

Heat from the fire could be felt from across the road and the street was closed.

A person on a flight in the region tweeted it could be seen from aircraft.

Onlookers reportedly commented on memories of the cool store fire in Tamahere, on the southern outskirts of Hamilton in 2008, which was also a large blaze that sent a huge plume of smoke in the air. A firefighter died in that blaze.

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