Despite working through the night, firefighters in Auckland struggled to put out a fire at a construction site. A thick cloud of smoke has blanketed the city, prompting warnings from officials to steer clear of downtown.
A large fire at an under-construction convention center in the city of Auckland continued to rage on Wednesday nearly 24 hours after it started.
The blaze broke out on the roof of the convention center on Tuesday, prompting SkyCity to evacuate its iconic downtown tower as well as hotels, casinos and restaurants.
A time lapse video of the fire posted by NIWA Weather on Twitter showed smoke and flames continuing to engulf the roof of the complex in the morning on Wednesday.
Authorities in New Zealand's largest city urged people to avoid coming downtown as a thick cloud of smoke spread through the city center. Several roads were also closed due to the fire.
One firefighter was treated after feeling ill at the site, but no other injuries or deaths due to the blaze have been reported.