26 Aug 2020

Wellington heritage building goes up in flames

From Morning Report, 8:20 am on 26 August 2020

A huge house fire in Wellington's city centre lit up the capital's skyline last night.

The blaze ripped through a two storey heritage building on Abel Smith St shortly after 6 o'clock.

Neighbours say the house, formerly home to Wellington's anarchist movement, had been unoccupied for some time. 

The Lebanese Society has confirmed the Wellington house that caught fire last night was not formally occupied and had no power supply.

Fire and Emergency this morning told RNZ they've not yet been able to rule out the possibility that someone was inside.

Secretary Stephen Wakem says the groups that used the premises were asked to leave last winter because the building was not structurally safe.

Reporter Rachel Thomas is at the scene.

She speaks to Corin Dann.