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'Massive' flames at North Shore school

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/02/2017

Students have described the "massive flames" that tore through a block of Auckland's Long Bay College, closing the school for the day.

The fire started about 2.30am on Friday and by the time firefighters arrived the North Shore school's technology and art block was well alight.

School principal Russell Brooke confirmed it would be closed for the more than 1600 students on Friday.

The fire, which caused extensive damage, burned for more than three hours after being reported, Fire Service northern communications centre shift manager Jarron Phillips said.

Around 50 firefighters and 13 appliances were called to the blaze.

Year 12 student Anastasia Zaikina told NZ Newswire her family were woken by the smell of smoke at 3am.

"I go to my balcony with the rest of the my family and we just see smoke and just massive flames," she said.

Her family joined others walking down the road to see where the flames was coming from, she said.

"It was something I've never seen before. It was very big. It was just really surreal. It didn't feel like it could happen at a school, especially mine."

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