8 Apr 2024

Auckland deputy mayor on Parnell backpackers fire

From Morning Report, 7:12 am on 8 April 2024

The Ministry of Social Development has confirmed the City Garden Lodge in Parnell was not being used as emergency accommodation.

Ten people were evacuated from the building at around 4:30 Sunday afternoon with large flames visible and thick black smoke billowing across the suburb.

At its peak 16 fire appliances helped to bring the blaze under control.

Auckland Deputy Mayor Desley Simpson spoke to Ingrid Hipkiss.