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Fire guts abandoned psychiatric hospital

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 25/06/2017
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A fire has gutted an abandoned psychiatric hospital near Nelson.

Five fire crews arrived to find the Ngawhatu Psychiatric Hospital "well ablaze" at about 1am on Sunday, a Fire Service spokesman said.

The building was empty at the time and there were no reports of injury, he said.

A team of investigators arrived at the scene in the morning.

It's the second fire at the former hospital - which operated from 1922 to 2000 - in the past year, following a blaze in November.

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