15 Aug 2014

Chemical fire near Tauranga airport

9:49 pm on 15 August 2014

An industrial are near Tauranga airport is being evacuated tonight after a chemical fire broke out in Jean Batten Drive, the road to the airport.

Police say the alarm was raised just before 8pm and the fire started in an industrial building.

A Fire Service spokesperson said they believe a person was burning something in a drum on the back of a trailer, and when they went to put it out, realised there was no water available.

Four fire engines are at the scene.