A fire scare briefly closed Auckland motorway’s Victoria Park Tunnel on Monday night. The alert was raised just after
7.30 pm and the five-year-old tunnel’s ‘‘fire deluge system’’ was activated New Zealand Transport Agency spokeswoman Sarah Azam said the agency, which manages the tunnel, triggered the system after smoke from a smoking van passing through caused ‘‘very poor visibility’’. An emergency barrier was brought down stopping motorists from entering the tunnel and jet fans were activated to remove the smoke - the tunnel was reopened 15 minutes later, Azamsaid. Four Fire Service trucks attended the scene finding no fire. It’s unclear if Monday night’s activation was the much vaunted deluge system’s first since the $340 million tunnel opened in October, 2011.