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Fire in Auckland high-rise school out

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/10/2016

A fire in a building in downtown Auckland used by an international school with hundreds of students has been put out.

The blaze in the nine-storey building in Hobson Street began on Friday evening when most of the students had gone home.

The school, operated by Ntec Tertiary Group, says the fire on the third level was caused by a hot water heater.

"It is all fine - the fire service put it out and those who were still in the building were quickly evacuated," says Clare Bradley, the company's chief executive.

Smoke was noticed in the building at about 6.30pm when staff were tidying up, the NZ Herald reports.

The Fire Service says it sent sixteen fire engines and 70 firefighters were sent from across the city.

They contained the fire, which is believed to have started in a a kitchen, and checked the high-rise building floor-by-floor.

A fire investigator is working to determine the cause of the fire.

Ntec is a consortium of four schools that teach English language courses and a range of subjects.

It has more than 1500 students and its campus in Auckland spreads across three buildings with total of 21 floors, according to its website.

The Auckland campus only offers courses to international students.

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