Queen St Work and Income to stay closed due to fire

5:56 pm on 20 November 2017

Work and Income in Auckland's Queen Street will remain closed tomorrow, after a fire today.

Fire in Auckland CBD shuts Queen Street.

Fire in Auckland CBD shuts Queen Street. Photo: RNZ / Jessie Chiang

About 60 firefighters battled the blaze in a building complex on the corner of Queen Street and Turner Street, which is thought to have started about 7.30am.

A Ministry of Social Development spokeswoman, Lynda Smardon, said the office had some minor smoke damage and would be closed tomorrow while insurers assessed the damage.

Ms Smardon said all appointments were being rebooked, and the Queen Street-based staff had been deployed to other offices.

The building also contained other businesses, including restaurants and offices, Studylink and Whitireia college.

Students at Whitireia College were this morning told to go home, with all classes cancelled for the day.