As it happened: SkyCity fire day two

7:44 pm on 23 October 2019

More than a day after the NZ International Convention Centre caught fire, firefighters are starting to get on top of the blaze. See how the day unfolded with RNZ's live blog.

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Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

  • A number of arterial roads in the Auckland CBD have closed, and several buses have been diverted or cancelled.
  • Auckland District Court, Central City Library and Chorus House are closed. The TVNZ central city building and TV studio were evacuated this morning.
  • The fire broke on the roof of the SkyCity international convention centre just after 1pm yesterday.
  • Fire and Emergency manager Ron Devlin says the plan is to "sacrifice the roof". Once materials from the roof have fallen in, crews can go into the fifth floor and put the fire out, he says.
  • Mr Devlin says they are "winning the battle" against the fire, and the roof should have completely fallen in later tonight.
  • A fire fighter has been taken to Auckland hospital with a concussion after a piece of burning roof fell on top of them.
  • The cause of the fire is not yet known.

See how the day unfolded with RNZ's live blog:

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