No armed per­son — but a blaze

Herald on Sunday - - IN OTHER NEWS - Kim Moodie

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.

Photo / Hay­den Wood­ward

Armed po­lice were in Hen­der­son on Fri­day night at a bar­ber­shop.

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