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Highway reopens after Napier sulphur fire

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 1/12/2016

State Highway 2 between Napier and Hastings has been reopened after firefighters extinguished a large fire in a sulphur shed at a Hawke's Bay fertiliser plant.

Emergency services were alerted to the fire at the Ravensdown plant on Waitangi Road, Awatoto, south of Napier, at 2.18pm on Thursday.

About 60 firefighters battled the blaze, which was in the shed's roof, its conveyor belt system and in the sulphur itself.

Police set up traffic cordons on Marine Parade (SH2) near Awatoto and on Waitangi Road because of concerns about the risk posed by drifting smoke.

A Fire Service spokesman says firefighters left the scene around 7pm after putting out the fire and handing the plant back to the owner.

The Hawke's Bay District Health Board says health officers have given the all-clear to people living near Awatoto and downwind of the factory to open their windows and doors.

However, anyone experiencing breathing problems should get medical help.

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