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Fire evacuates Wellington hotel

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 2/12/2016 Daniel Gilhooly

Dozens of hotel guests in central Wellington were forced out into the street following a fire in the hotel's kitchen.

The four-star Sofitel Hotel in Bolton Street was evacuated about 9pm on Friday after the first-floor kitchen caught fire, says Fire Service central communcations shift manager Murray Dunbar.

The fire was extinguished but firefighters kept an eye on it overnight.

Between 80 and 120 people were forced out by the fire, according to reports.

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