A woman was forced to flee quickly from a fire that took over an industrial building in Auckland this afternoon.
About 70 combat crews fought a "major and severe fire" at Argus Fire Protection in Onehunga.
Argus Fire Protection general manager Bryce Donaldson said an employee was doing administrative work inside the building when the fire began.
"She noticed the fire coming from the ceiling and [when] she left the building, basically the entire building was on fire within a minute, "Donaldson said.
Donaldson said the woman left safely and that no one else was in the building.
He said the company was "devastated," but they had continuity plans to overcome the incident, adding that they would come back on Tuesday.
"This is the main headquarters, we have five other branches that we can work on," Donaldson said.
"As the general manager of the company, it is devastating and it is something that we do not expect in our own building.
The fire incident controller Murray Binning said that the cause of the fire is unknown at this stage.
The fire hit a fourth alarm, meaning that between 15 and 20 aircraft arrived with approximately 60 to 70 crew members.
"It's a relatively large and serious fire, the initial teams did an excellent job in cutting the fire," Binning said.
"We deployed a couple of airborne aircraft and we also have crews inside the hose-line attack," he said.
Dave Pene, who witnessed the departure of the fire, said after seeing the fire that raged to get his wife to call the fire brigade.
"At the time I came back out of the glass [window] had exploded and she was gone, she just roared, "he said.
"Even before the devices arrived, she was out … when the window went out [the fire] just ran out and the whole block started to explode.
"Once she took a little air, she was gone, like in 15 minutes [the Argus Protection building] the roof began to collapse. "
The Penis device was across the street and said firefighters arrived in a few minutes, "it was fantastic."
Not only did the fire crews do an incredible job of preventing the fire from spreading to the metal depot, but a fertilizer company is also located on the other side and Penny said that if the fire had gotten there, the whole block would have gone up.
Unfortunately, Mr. Gordon's Laundry Service official said the smoke from the fire damaged his workplace.
"It's a shame, because all the work we just did this morning in the laundry room is all damaged now," said Pene.
"It's back to square one, all our customers will be affected … not good."
He believed that a woman was located in the back of the Argus building when the fire began.
Binning said it is believed that no one has been injured by the fire at this stage.
Dr Marewa Glover told Herald it just went through the fire and the smoke went from dark black to white and looks like it's under control.
The road was closed and firefighters asked people to avoid the area.