UPDATED: Trains have been stopped from crossing the railway bridge while firefighters deal with a scrub fire near the tracks.
It's believed to have started in a homeless shelter, says Fire and Emergency NZ northern communications centre shift manager Andrew Norris.
“It's a homeless shelter on fire across the railway tracks.
“We have called in a second pump and we have stopped the trains.”
Firefighters from Mount Maunganui were first on the scene.
It's understood police have been called to the scene as well.
A train stopped in Tauranga, near Dive Crescent.
Firefighters are dealing with a scrub fire in Matapihi.
Thick, black smoke can be seen billowing from the fire, which is reported to be at the end of Matapihi Road, by the railway tracks.
Black smoke seen coming from the fire. Photo: Chris Taylor.
A caller to the 0800 SUNLIVE news hotline says firefighters are at the scene fighting the fire.
SunLive is working on getting more information and will update this story as soon as we have more information.
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