Two people were lucky to escape with only minor injuries after a crash on Ponsonby Rd on Monday.
A car was shunted up on to the footpath outside the Westpac Bank after being hit from behind by another vehicle.
After hitting a power plinth, the car caught fire and caused a power outage to the neighbouring Ponsonby fire station.
Senior station officer Sulu Devoe says officers were delayed in getting to the blaze because they had to manually open the station door.
Electrical arcing meant fire officers had to use dry powder to put out the car fire and water to protect the building.
Mr Devoe says a pedestrian was briefly caught between the car and the side of the building but managed to free herself.
“She was fairly close to being seriously injured had she not been able to free herself,” he says.
The driver of the car was taken to Auckland Hospital with only minor injuries.
Mr Devoe says both people involved were lucky not to be more seriously injured.
Avondale police senior sergeant Ross EndicottDavies says police records of the incident show the pedestrian was not actually hit by the car and any injuries were minor.
No status was available on the driver of the car.
It is the second freak accident on the popular shopping and cafe strip in the last two months.
Lynnette Kilmartin was hit by a speeding motorist in November as she got out of a taxi.
The accident, in which the driver didn’t stop, left Ms Kilmartin close to death. The driver of the vehicle has pleaded guilty to charges of reckless driving causing injury and failing to stop to ascertain injury.