Large fire at scrap yard in South Auckland

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A scrap yard in the South Auckland suburb of Papakura is on fire.

Fire and Emergency were called to the blaze on Hunua Road shortly after 8am and continue to tackle it.

At least 18 fire trucks are on the scene, alongside multiple support vehicles.

A Fire and Emergency spokesperson said the fire was well alight on arrival and was not yet under control.

A section of Hunua Road is currently closed. The road between Boundary Road and Settlement Road is shut.

Diversions are in place and police are assisting with traffic management.

Police said residents should stay indoors due to the large amount of smoke in the area.

The Auckland Regional Public Health Service is investigating if there is any health risk associated with the fire.

Fire and Emergency Counties Manukau area commander Geoff Purcell said the blaze was 50 by 50 metres large, and made up of rubbish and steel.

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“It’s all sorts of things, car bodies, fridges, furniture. And this fire’s going to burn for most of the day, it is going to take us that long. The smoke is creating problems through Papakura, Conifer Grove. We encourage people to stay out of the smoke, close their windows and doors, call Healthline if you’re feeling unwell.”

Scrap yard fire in Papakura

Photo: RNZ / Liu Chen

Scrap yard fire in Papakura

Photo: RNZ / Ella Stewart

Adjacent business Superior Doors general manager Aaron Davidson said they were not yet asked to evacuate, but the situation next door was making his staff feel nervous.

“We can see a thick column of black smoke going directly up into the sky. There’s flames two to three stories high within that column of smoke. We’re not immediately concerned in relation to the fire, but the smoke definitely looks very unhealthy.”

Scrap yard fire in Papakura

Photo: RNZ / Ella Stewart

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