Fire at back­pack­ers

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

Smoke de­tec­tors could have given oc­cu­pants at a city back­pack­ers early warn­ing of a fire that broke out in the roof area, say in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

Fire safety of­fi­cer Rus­sell Dick­son says the early Mon­day morn­ing fire at City Trav­ellers on An­zac Ave started in an area above the at­tic stu­dio and was un­for­tu­nately above the sprin­kler sys­tem.

It wasn’t un­til the heat of the fire spread down to pip­ing that the sys­tem went off, he says.

Twenty fire trucks at­tended the scene and the sprin­klers man­aged to con­tain the fire, al­though one fire truck stayed un­til day­light.

Every­one was evac­u­ated un­hurt and had to spend sev­eral hours on the street be­fore be­ing able to go back in­side to some of the ar­eas.

The build­ing was dam­aged by smoke and wa­ter.

“When the build­ing was built it was an era where the en­gi­neer­ing world said sprin­kler sys­tems are the way to go and you don’t need smoke de­tec­tors,” says Mr Dick­son.

A per­son in a neigh­bour­ing build­ing called in the fire at 12.45am be­fore the sprin­klers had gone off, he says.

An elec­tri­cal in­spec­tor was called in to help work out the cause of the fire, which has yet to be de­ter­mined.

In the mean­time, City Trav­ellers shift man­ager Ahmed Sayed says all the guests were un­harmed and the com­pany is able to ac­com­mo­date them at its var­i­ous prop­er­ties in Auck­land.

“We will make sure every­one is sat­is­fied.”

He says the fire has not caused too much dam­age and the most im­por­tant thing was the safety of the guests.

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