Port operations running after Tauranga blaze

Damage to the building at the port. Photo: Bruce Barnard.

The Port of Tauranga is back up and running after buildings went up in flames last Friday.

Emergency Services were called to the port at 11.30am and on arrival, found a workshop and an office building ablaze.

“Our container terminal was closed to truck traffic for approximately three hours on Friday afternoon to allow the emergency crews to do their work,” says Port of Tauranga communications manager Rochelle Lockley.

“We also temporarily halted shipping operations because of smoke and ash, however the fire itself was well away from vessels and cargo.”

Fire crews were able to quickly bring the blaze under control and protect adjacent buildings, says Rochelle.

“But there was extensive damage to our mechanical and electrical workshop and office, as well as an office building next door.”

No staff were working in the part of the building where the fire broke out.

Fire and Emergency NZ is investigating the cause.

“The operation involved have been temporarily relocated to other buildings nearby and discussions are ongoing with our insurers repairs and replacement.”


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