Breaking News US/Australia ll Incredible pictures devastation inside building after raging fir

Breaking News US/Australia ll  Incredible pictures devastation inside building after raging fir


Incredible pictures have revealed the destruction inside a $700million convention centre after it went up in flames  The raging fire on the roof of the under-construction SkyCity convention centre in Auckland, New Zealand broke out on Tuesday afternoon The fire was suspected to have been started by an unattended blow torch used to seal waterproof material left by a worker who had gone on break A series of photos have been released by Fire and Emergency New Zealand which show the extent of the damage and the charred remains of the centre Charred pieces of the roof and insulation material fell onto the ground and covered the floor Pictures from inside the casino show the extent of the damage as large chunks of the roof had been destroyed and the sky can be seen from the interior The raging fire occurred on the roof of the under- construction SkyCity convention centre in Auckland’s central business district in New Zealand on October 22 at about 1 10pm The fire that ravaged the new $700million building was suspected to have been started by an unattended blow torch used to seal waterproof material left by a worker who had gone on breakThough firefighters continue to battle the remnants of blaze three days after it started, the convention centre was reopened on Thursday The controversial convention centre was paid for by SkyCity after they made a deal with the government allowing it to extend its casino licence to 2048 The agreement also allowed 230 poker machines and 40 gaming tables The project was set back in February after it was discovered aluminium panels the centre were made of the same material used in the fatal Grenfell Tower fire in London in 2017  The building was expected to be opened in 2020. Share this article Share Images from the aftermath of the blaze show the roof was torn apart and charred pieces of construction material littered all over the floor   Pictures from inside the casino show the extent of the damage as large chunks of the roof had been destroyed and the sky can be seen from the interior  Charred pieces of the roof and insulation material fell onto the ground and covered the floor  The basement of the building was completed flooded and images show water completely covering the floor and nearly submerging nearby construction equipment   Images from the aftermath of the blaze show the roof was torn apart and charred pieces of construction material littered all over the floorFirefighters were required to enter small cranes that lifted them up to the roof in order to fight the fire  Additional crews were called in from outside the region to help fight the fire  Hundreds of nearby workers were forced to evacuate the area while emergency crews attempted to bring the fire under control The roads surrounding the fire were blocked off, forcing traffic to a standstill Pedestrians were forced to shield their faces as the thick black smoke covered the city after police issued a warning stating the smoke may have been toxic  About three hours after the fire started, one person suffered serious injuries from smoke inhalation and was rushed to Auckland City Hospital   Dave Woon, Assistant Area Commander for Fire and Emergency NZ Auckland told reporters when the fire started, it was moving quickly and was a ‘very challenging fire to fight’ ‘It is a large fire involving gas cylinders that started around the roof and guttering area and there is insulation on fire that appears to be straw making it a very challenging fire to extinguish,’ Mr Woon said   The basement of the building was completed flooded and images show water completely covering the floor and nearly submerging nearby construction equipmentConcerns were raised about the water in the basement may be contaminated as it would need to be pumped into the Manakau Harbour    Water quality tests were conducted and they concluded contamination levels were low enough for it to be pumped into the harbour  After about 1.8million litres of water were funnelled into the harbour, it was declared safe enough to be diverted into the city’s wastewater system on Thursday  Council staff responsible for removing the water said it may take 4-6 days for it to be pumped out and could potentially have human health and ecological impacts     Fire and Emergency NZ said the largest parts of the fire had been extinguished and an investigation has begun  ‘No more smoke, no more big flames, but there is still work to do Firefighters continue to work through the overhaul phase by pulling bits of iron and roofing materials out and damping down hotspots,’ FENZ said  ‘We have reduced to one aerial and six appliances. A large crane will be placed on Nelson street tomorrow morning We hope to have this removed by Monday. The investigation has commenced Barring unexpected developments, this will be our last update ‘  Though firefighters continue to battle the blaze three days after it started, the convention centre was reopened on Thursday Fire and Emergency NZ said the largest parts of the fire had been extinguished and an investigation has begun

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