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Gutted factory had no smoke alarms

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 27/09/2016

A west Auckland plastics factory gutted by a massive blaze is so badly damaged it could be days before fire investigators can even set foot near it.

About 100 firefighters battled to contain the fire at Total Plastics in Henderson overnight.

On Wednesday afternoon investigators said it could be days before they know if the fire was suspicious, with the building still too dangerous to enter until it had been secured.

"This is not likely to be done for some time and may involve the use of machinery to make the building safe," Detective Sergeant Ashley Matthews said.

Fire investigator Chris Lewis said the building did not have have sprinklers or an alarm system installed, which had made the damage worse.

Total Plastics managing director Tony King told NZME he was left "numb" after the fire.

"[The staff] are very upset, understandably. I'm just making sure they get paid this morning," he said.

At its peak 26 crews fought the blaze which broke out around 10pm on Tuesday and residents had been warned to remain indoors due to toxic fumes.

Chemicals inside the building also posed problems for firefighters and they sought to prevent water running into a nearby creek.

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