No armed person — but a blaze
Armed police were called to a barbershop fire in Henderson on Friday night after a mistaken report of an armed person in the area.
Firefighters were called to the Babylon Barbers shop around 11.50pm, where they found it engulfed in flames.
“The fire was well-involved when we arrived, we were able to attack it, bringing it under control,” a Fire and Emergency NZ spokesman said.
Five crews were called to the scene but 40 minutes after they arrived, police also turned up.
A witness told the Herald on Sunday about 12 officers armed with semi-automatic rifles and handguns were there with police dogs.
A police spokeswoman said the officers’ deployment was because an initial report said an armed person was in the area.
A scene guard remained in place overnight.
Firefighters worked past 4am to contain the fire, but the store was extensively damaged.
No one was injured.
Armed police were in Henderson on Friday night at a barbershop.