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Thick smoke blows from a construction site at the SkyCity convention centre in Auckland on Tuesday. Greg Bowker/ AFP
Fire broke out at the Sky City Convention Center in Auckland, New Zealand. The convention center is said to be under construction.
The fire broke out on Tuesday, The convention Center is close to the iconic Sky City tower in downtown Auckland.
Videos posted by witnesses on Twitter showed fire and black smoke emitting from the roof of the convention center.
“Police are assisting Fire and Emergency NZ with cordons and evacuations of workers in the immediate area,” New Zealand police said in a statement.
Hundreds of people, including construction workers, have been evacuated from the vicinity of the fire, media reports said.
No immediate comment was made about casualties.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Wednesday that Auckland would still host a major regional conference in 2021 despite a fire ripping through the complex where the event would have been held.
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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday that the country's biggest city Auckland will remain in lockdown for another two weeks as it looks to control the spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus.
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