An Auckland company is expected to close for up to eight months after a fire destroyed their office in eastern Auckland.
The fire, which started around noon. 17 in Ti Rakau Drive, Burswood, resulted in a number of roads being closed, preventing many motorists from commuting.
Fire crews remain on standby at the scene of a major building fire that broke out in eastern Auckland on Wednesday.
The building involved in the fire, TruDesign Plastics, specializes in the manufacture of plastic items, such as marine valves, skin fittings and hose nozzles, according to its website.
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Robert Michael, CEO of TruDesign Plastics, said the two-hour fire will shut them down for six to eight months.
He said the cause of the fire “looks like an electric fire in the office”.
Michael said the fire caused the most damage to the front where the offices are located, rather than the factory at the back.
However, he said they will find other ways to get parts made in the meantime.
Michael said the community “is pretty friendly” and will “gather around” to help him.
A spokesman for fire and emergency services said a fire truck remains at the scene Thursday morning, dealing with the “odd spot” on fire.
He said the fire was “deep-lying” and could not say how long it would take for them to retreat from the site.
A lane remains closed at Ti Rakau Drive.
ONE Stuff reporter at the scene Thursday morning said a smoky odor lingers in the area.
She said two fire trucks can be seen at the scene.
Danny Bassi, owner of the shop next door, said the flames were “huge”.
Jason May, a worker at Chipmunks next door, said the fire came out of the office windows on the second floor.
The fire has caused the entire second floor of the building to hollow out, making it dangerous as firefighters said it could still fall down.
Three cars in front of the building have melted down, while debris from the second floor has been burned and covered in soot on the ground.
“We were very lucky, it was not a soft day.”
Sam Bhatia, who was driving from Sylvia Park on Wednesday, said he noticed a “strange cloud of smoke” and the sound of “several police sirens”.
“As soon as you got into [area near the] fire it was like getting into a cloud and you could feel the heat – my window was rolled down. ”
Bhatia said that “it did not look serious to begin with”, but as he got closer, “he realized how bad it was”.
“It was really busy and it smelled really bad like burnt plastic.”
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