28 May 2015

Large blaze at Auckland medical centre

3:54 pm on 28 May 2015

A family medical centre badly damaged by fire is temporarily having to attend to patients out of a local church.

Forty firefighters attended the fire in New North Rd, Auckland.

Up to 40 firefighters attended the fire on New North Road. Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski

Up to 40 firefighters attended the blaze at Four Kauri Family Medical Centre on New North Road at about 7.30am today.

Specialist fire investigator Russell Dickson said the fire was accidentally caused by an old air conditioning unit which probably overheated.

He said the reception area had been completely gutted and the rest of the building is heavily smoke-stained, although the doctors' offices escaped smoke damage as their doors were closed.

Mr Dickson said the centre would need to be totally refurbished.

The medical centre in central Auckland is now contained.

The medical centre building was badly damaged in the fire. Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski

 medical centre

Photo: RNZ/Tiana Barns